Student Handbook: Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation

Category: Harassment Policies School: Virginia State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 28, 2017

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Harassment is a form of discrimination in which unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct is directed toward an individual on the basis of his or her protected characteristics or statuses by any member of the campus community. Harassment does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents. Harassment violates this policy when it creates a hostile environment, as defined below.

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex. It is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other conduct of a sexual nature including: verbal (e.g., specific demands for sexual favors, sexual innuendoes, sexually suggestive comments, jokes of a sexual nature, sexual propositions, or sexual threats); non-verbal (e.g., sexually suggestive emails, other writings, articles or documents, objects or pictures, graphic commentaries, suggestive or insulting sounds or gestures, leering, whistling, or obscene gestures)….

This policy prohibits the following types of sexual harassment: …

D. Hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs, services, opportunities or activities or the individual’s employment access, benefits or opportunities.

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