Sexual Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Washington University in St. Louis Statement Rating: Yellow

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For the purposes of this statement, Washington University has adapted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) definition of sexual harassment for an academic community: Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favor or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual violence, whether committed on or off campus, when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating or hostile environment for work or learning. Such conduct will typically be directed against a particular individual or individuals and will either be abusive or severely humiliating or will persist despite the objection of the person targeted by the speech or conduct.

Examples of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment include but are not limited to:

  • requests for sexual favors
  • hugging, rubbing, touching, patting, pinching or brushing another’s body
  • inappropriate whistling or staring
  • veiled suggestions of sexual activities
  • requests for private meetings outside of class or business hours for other than legitimate mentoring purposes
  • use in the classroom of sexual jokes, stories or images in no way germane to the subject of the class
  • remarks about a person’s body or sexual relationships, activities or experience
  • use of inappropriate body images to advertise events
  • sexual violence, including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion

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