Sexual Harassment is:
• Unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, without regard to the gender of the Complainant and Respondent;
• That is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying, or limiting someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from Western’s educational program or activities, or work activities, and;
• The unwelcome behavior is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.
A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual harassment, including without limitation, dating violence, sexual exploitation and stalking.
A hostile environment is created by unwelcome sexual behavior or behavior directed at an individual because of that individual’s sex, gender or sexual orientation that is offensive, hostile and/or intimidating and that adversely affects that individual’s university work/learning/living/program performance. Harassing conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive/persistent and patently/objectively offensive that it substantially interferes with the conditions of education or employment, from both a subjective (the alleged victim’s) and an objective (reasonable person’s) viewpoint.