Executive Policy 15: Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: Washington State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 19, 2017

Relevant excerpt

Discriminatory harassment is improper conduct toward a particular individual, individuals or groups on the basis of one or more of the protected statuses indicated above, that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of:

  • Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment, or
  • Unreasonably interfering with the work, academic performance, living environment, personal security, or participation in any WSU activity.

Examples of behaviors that may constitute discrimination include, but are not limited to: …

  • Severe, persistent, or pervasive name calling, jokes, or other verbal or physical behavior towards a person based on their sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation.

Sexual harassment encompasses unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. …

Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment when behavior is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to interfere with an individual’s work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sexual behavior that is unwelcome. Such behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Comments of a sexual nature;
    • Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes;
    • Unnecessary or undesirable physical contact;
    • Unwanted, offensive, and/or uninvited comments about another’s physical appearance;
    • Display of pictures with sexual content ….

Download full policy