Sexual harassment, a form of discrimination based on sex, is defined in part as follows:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or gender-based nature when: such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially and unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, residential or academic environment. When the institution knows or should have known of the existence of the harassment and fails to take timely and appropriate corrective action it, together with the individual harasser(s), may become the subject of a complaint (Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment).
. If it meets the conditions set forth in the above definition, conduct such as the following may be considered sexual harassment:
non-verbal harassment may include suggestive or insulting sounds, leering, whistling, obscene gestures and visual displays;
verbal harassment may include statements (written or spoken) drawing upon sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, insults, humor or jokes emphasizing gender-specific traits or clothing, sexual propositions (including repeated unwelcome invitations to social engagements) or sexual threats;
gender-based harassment may include non-verbal, verbal or physical harassment directed at an individual or a group of individuals solely on the basis of gender, whether or not such conduct is sexual in nature.