Sexual Harassment 06-07

August 28, 2013

Sexual Harassment – Definition

Because sexual harassment has been more thoroughly defined in the law than harassment based on a protected trait, the following definition of sexual harassment is included in this policy.

Quid Pro Quo is the Latin term for “this for that” and occurs when there is a demand for a sexual favor in exchange for employment and/or academic benefit. A Hostile Environment exists when harassing behavior unreasonably interferes with a student’s academic or employee’s work performance and creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive academic and/or work environment.

Sexual Harassment at Ohio University is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favor made by an employee or agent of the University, (including all faculty staff, students, and student employees), to a student, or employee of the University, and is conduct of a sexual nature exhibited by such person(s) toward another when such conduct substantially interferes with the person’s educational or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment.

Examples of Sexual Harassment in Any Setting

* Unwelcome or uninvited sexual comments or innuendo
* Oral, written, or electronic communications that are sexually explicit in nature
* Sexually explicit questions, jokes, or anecdotes about gender specific traits
* Sexually suggestive sounds, gestures, gifts, or visual materials such as magazines, pictures, posters, photos, cartoons, or drawings
* Direct or indirect threats concerning sexual favors or the refusal to consent to sexual favors
* Sexual leering, uninvited touching, stroking, or gestures
* Communication of unsought sexual propositions, requests for dates, sexual favors, or lewd remarks or sounds
* Coerced sexual intercourse
* Sexual assault or abuse

Some Examples of Sexual Harassment in the Classroom or Instructional Setting

* Pattern of conduct that is not legitimately related to the subject matter of the course and causes discomfort or embarrassment for the student to the degree that it interferes with learning. Such conduct may include unwelcome or uninvited comments of a sexual nature, including jokes or anecdotes, touching, patting, hugging, brushing up against a person’s body, and repeated or unwanted sexually oriented stares.
* Remarks, jokes, comments, questions about sexual acts, experiences, or orientation in the classroom when such discussion is not reasonably and legitimately related to the subject matter of the course.
* Display of inappropriate sexually oriented material, such as magazines, photographs or other visual items when such material is visible to others and unreasonably interferes with a person’s learning, and is not legitimately related to the subject matter of the course.