Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct Policy

Category: Harassment Policies School: Washington & Lee University Statement Rating: Green Last updated: February 16, 2017

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Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature); or unwelcome conduct based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, when one or more of the following conditions are present: …  The unwelcome conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile academic or work environment under both an objective (a reasonable person’s view) and subjective (the complainant’s view) standard.

Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment as defined above may include a severe, persistent, or pervasive pattern of unwelcome conduct that includes one or more of the following:

  • Physical conduct:
    • Unwelcome touching, sexual/physical assault, impeding, restraining, or blocking movements
    • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Verbal conduct:
    • Making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, or humor
    • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; suggestive or obscene letters, notes, or invitations
    • Offensive comments of a sexual nature, including persistent or pervasive sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes
  • Visual conduct:
    • Leering; making sexual gestures; displaying suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons, or posters in a public space or forum
    • Severe, persistent, or pervasive visual displays of suggestive, erotic, or degrading, sexually oriented images that are not pedagogically appropriate
  • Written conduct: letters, notes or electronic communications, including social media, containing comments, words, or images described above

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