Policy GL-05-002: Discrimination and Harassment

Category: Harassment Policies School: Western Oregon University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: October 19, 2017

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Harassment. Harassment, for the purposes of this policy, is defined as conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or degrading environment that would interfere with the work or academic performance of a reasonable person of the complainant’s protected status.

Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of discriminatory harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature when directed toward an individual because of that individual’s sex when: … Such conduct is unwelcome and has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment.

Examples of Prohibited Conduct. The following are examples of conduct that may be prohibited under this policy. This list is representative and is not exhaustive:

a. Unwelcome touching or physical closeness of a personal nature, which can include leaning over, cornering, or pinching.

b. Sexual innuendos, teasing and other sexual talk such as jokes, intimate inquiries, persistent and unwanted courting, and sexist put-downs or insults.

c. Derogatory remarks, slurs or jokes about an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by law.

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