Sexual Misconduct & Gender Non-Discrimination Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: Western Illinois University Statement Rating: Red Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Gender harassment – subjecting a person to adverse treatment based on held gender stereotypes. Adverse treatment can include verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on gender or held gender stereotypes, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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Sexual harassment

  1. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when: …  such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual’s work or educational performance; or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or learning environment; or of interfering with one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity.

Examples of Sexual Harassment – may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • physical assault;
  • direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status, compensation, promotion, grades, or letters of recommendation;
  • sexual advances, physical or implied, or direct propositions of a sexual nature. This activity may include inappropriate/unnecessary touching or rubbing against another, sexually suggestive or degrading jokes or comments, remarks of a sexual nature about one’s clothing and/or body, preferential treatment in exchange for sexual activity, and the inappropriate display of sexually explicit pictures, text, printed materials, or objects that do not serve an academic purpose;
  • a pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create, or has the effect of creating, discomfort and/or humiliation of another;
  • remarks speculating about a person’s sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one’s own sexual activities or sexual history, that do not serve a medical or academic purpose, …

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