Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. This may include, but is not limited to, unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, inappropriate touching, acts of sexual violence, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, nonverbal, graphic, physical, written or otherwise. Such conduct is a violation of UConn’s Policy when the conditions for Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Harassment are present.
A violation of The Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence may 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 may 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.