Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome, harassing conduct of a sexual nature or harassment based on a person’s gender or gender stereotype. For the purposes of this definition, the harassment is evaluated to determine whether or not the conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s resources and opportunities. In a harassment allegation, the harassment can be one of two forms: power differentials (quid pro quo) or hostile environment:
Hostile environment includes any situation where there is harassing conduct that limits, interferes with, or denies educational benefits or opportunities, from both a subjective (complainant) and an objective (reasonable person’s) viewpoint.
(Examples of this include repeatedly subjecting a person to unwanted sexual attention, repeatedly subjecting a person to gender or sex stereotyping, or attempts to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship.)