Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: Wellesley College Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: December 29, 2016

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1. Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment consists of two basic types …

b. Intimidating or Hostile Environment: Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive, and creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment, or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment, academic performance, education, or participation in extracurricular programs or activities.

c. In either type of sexual harassment noted above, the effect will be evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person in the position of the person experiencing the conduct, considering the relevant circumstances.

Examples of behavior that might be considered sexual harassment include, but are not limited to

  • Unwanted sexual innuendo, propositions, sexual attention or suggestive comments and gestures; inappropriate humor about sex or gender-specific traits; sexual slurs or derogatory language directed at another person’s sexuality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or gender expression; insults and threats based on sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or gender expression; and other oral, written or electronic communications of a sexual nature that an individual communicates is unwanted and unwelcome;
  • Written graffiti, or the display or distribution of sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials in a public area; sexually charged name-calling; or the circulation or creation of e-mails, text messages, or web sites of a sexual nature;
  • Display or circulation of written materials or pictures degrading to an individual or gender group where such display is not directly related to academic freedom, or an educational/pedagogical, artistic, or work purpose …
  • Acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping.

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