Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Westfield State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: April 25, 2014

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Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome verbal, non-verbal and/or physical behavior of a sexual nature which has the effect of interfering with a person’s academic, employment or other status, or of creating a sexually intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating a sexually intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living environment.

Behaviors that, either alone or in combination, may constitute sexual harassment under this Policy include, but are not limited to the following: …

f. sexual slurs, sexual innuendos, and other comments about an individual or group’s clothing, body, weight, body shape, size or  figure;
g. continuous idle chatter of a sexual nature and graphic sexual descriptions;
h. discussing one’s sexual activities, practices or experiences;
i. asking another person about their sexual activities, practices or experiences;
j. offensive and persistent jokes or jesting and kidding about sex or gender-specific traits;
k. suggestive or insulting sounds such as whistling, wolf-calls, or kissing sounds;
l. sexually provocative compliments about a person’s clothes or the way their clothes fit;
m. comments or questions about the sensuality, sexuality, gender identity or sexual orientation of a person, or his or her spouse or significant other;
n. pseudo-medical advice such as “you might be feeling bad because you didn’t get enough”;
o. telephone calls of a sexual nature;
p. “staged whispers” or mimicking of a sexual nature about the way a person walks, talks, sits, etc.;

q. distribution or display of objects, written or graphic materials that are of a sexual nature, such as cartoons, pictorial erotica, nude photographs or posters (such as a nude magazine centerfolds) for no legitimate academic purpose;
r. invading another’s “personal space”;
s. sexual looks such as leering and ogling with suggestive overtones;
t. lewd gestures, such as hand or sign language to denote sexual activity, licking lips or teeth, or holding or eating food provocatively;
u. continuous “pet” name calling, such as “baby,” “sweetie” or”honey”;
v. referring to men in general as “dogs” or “swine” or to women as “bitches” or “chicks” ….

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