University of Kentucky Sexual Harassment Brochure; Office of Equal Opportunity; Policy Definition

August 28, 2013

For purposes of this Policy sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination that includes unwelcome* sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical actions of a sexual nature when:

– submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or status in a university course, program, or activity;

– submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for an employment decision or a decision affecting an individual’s status in a university course, program, or activity; or

– such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to interfere with an individual’s work, academic participation or performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

*Conduct of an amorous or sexual nature occurring in an apparently welcome relationship may be unwelcome due to the existence of a power difference which restricts a subordinate’s freedom to participate willingly in the relationship.