Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, when the conditions for Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Harassment are present, as defined above.
Sexual Harassment also may include inappropriate touching, acts of sexual violence, suggestive comments and public display of pornographic or suggestive calendars, posters, or signs where such images are not connected to any academic purpose. A single incident of Sexual Assault (as defined below) may be sufficiently severe to constitute a hostile environment.
All forms of sexual and sex-based harassment and discrimination are considered serious offenses by the University. A violation of The Student Code will be found where:
- Submission to sexual harassment of any kind is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, performance appraisal, or evaluation of academic performance; or
- These actions have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or working environment. Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment when the harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive to deny or limit a student’s or employee’s ability to participate in or benefit from the academic or work environment. State and federal law protect individuals from discrimination or discriminatory harassment in connection with employment and all academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs of a school. This protection extends to conduct that occurs both on and off University property.
Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests or attempts to extort sexual favors
- Sexual violence
- Inappropriate touching
- Suggestive comments
- Public display of pornographic or suggestive calendars, posters, or signs
- Acts that do not necessarily involve conduct of a sexual nature but are based on sex or sex-stereotyping and which may include physical aggression, intimidation or hostility are considered gender-harassment and are similarly prohibited.