Sexual misconduct. In addition to prohibiting sexual harassment as defined by law, the University also prohibits conduct of a sexual nature that, although not so serious or pervasive that it rises to the level of sexual harassment, is unprofessional and/or inappropriate for worksites and teaching locations. The purpose of prohibiting sexual misconduct is to discourage and, if necessary, take disciplinary action for inappropriate or unprofessional activity of a sexual nature in the workplace or classroom, even if that conduct appears to be welcomed and is not so serious or pervasive that it meets the definition of sexual harassment.
Examples of behavior that could constitute sexual misconduct include but are not limited to:
*Failure to observe the appropriate boundaries of the supervisor/subordinate or faculty/student relationship;
*Repeatedly engaging in sexually oriented conversations, comments or horseplay, including the use of language or the telling of jokes or anecdotes of a sexual nature in the workplace, office or classroom, even if such conduct is not objected to by those present; and
*Gratuitous use of sexually oriented materials not directly related to the subject matter of a class, course, or meeting even if not objected to by those present.
Behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment include but are not limited to:
*Explicit or implicit propositions to engage in sexual activity;
*Gratuitous comments of a sexual nature such as explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes;
*Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body;
*Remarks about sexual activities or speculation about sexual experiences;
*Exposure to gratuitous sexually suggestive visual displays such as photographs, graffiti, posters, calendars or other materials;
*Deliberate physical interference with or restriction of an individual’s movements;
*Persistent, unwanted sexual/romantic attention;
*Subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors; or
*Deliberate, repeated humiliation or intimidation based upon the sex of the individual.