Western Michigan University Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking POLICY AND PROCEDURES

Category: Harassment Policies School: Western Michigan University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: January 17, 2017

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Sexual Harassment: Any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance, i.e. it is sufficiently serious, pervasive or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, residential, or social environment under both a subjective and objective standard.

Sexual harassment also includes gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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: …

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
  • Objectively offensive comments of a sexual nature, including persistent or pervasive sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes

Visual conduct:

  • Leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of suggestive objects or pictures, cartoon 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 containing comments, words, or images described above

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