Student Handbook: Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: Vassar College Statement Rating: Not yet rated Last updated: April 17, 2017

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Discriminatory Harassment is unwelcome conduct directed toward an individual based on the individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion or religious belief, citizenship status, sex, marital status, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, military service or affiliation, genetic information, age, or other characteristic protected by law that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a College activity.

Sexual Harassment is a form of unlawful gender-based discrimination. It may involve harassment of women by men, harassment of men by women, and harassment between persons of the same sex. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome gender-based verbal or physical conduct that it sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives someone of the ability to participate in or benefit from the college’s educational program or activities or employment benefits or opportunities. …

Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to,

  1. Egregious, unwanted sexual attention or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature;
  2. Implied or overt threats of punitive action, a result of rejection of sexual advances;
  3. Conditioning a benefit on an individual’s acceding to sexual advances;
  4. Unwelcome, sexually explicit messages, statements, or materials;
  5. Attempting to coerce an unwilling person into a romantic or sexual relationship;
  6. Sexual violence;
  7. Intimate partner violence;
  8. Stalking, including cyberstalking;
  9. Gender-based bullying.

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