Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that includes verbal, written, or physical behavior of a sexual nature, directed at someone, or against a particular group, because of that person’s or group’s sex, gender identity, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or based on gender stereotypes, when that behavior is unwelcome and meets either of the following criteria:
(2) The behavior has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s work or educational performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for employment, education, University living, or participation in a University activity or program.
Examples of this type of sexual harassment can include:
a. Persistent unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship;
b. Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors;
c. Unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities;
d. Repeated and unwelcome sexually-oriented teasing, joking, or flirting; and
e. Verbal abuse of a sexual nature.
Behaviors or communications may be verbal or nonverbal, written, or electronic. Such conduct does not need to be directed at or to a specific student in order to constitute sexual harassment, but may consist of generalized unwelcome and inappropriate behaviors or communications based on sex, gender identity, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or gender stereotypes.