What does sexual harassment look like?
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.
Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, regardless of gender.
UConn’s Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence prohibits sexual harassment, which prohibits staff, faculty, students, and visitors from perpetrating sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment can happen once, or it can persist and escalate over time.
Behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Using unwelcome sexually degrading language, sexual jokes, innuendos, or gestures;
- Offering or implying an employment-related reward (such as promotion, raise, or different work assignment) or an education-related reward (such as a better grade, a letter of recommendation, favorable treatment in the classroom, assistance in obtaining employment, grant or fellowships, or admission to any educational program or activity) in exchange for sexual favors or submission to sexual conduct;
- Making threats or insinuations that a person’s employment, wages, grade, promotional opportunities, classroom or work assignments or other conditions of employment or educational life may be adversely affected by not submitting to sexual advances;
- Engaging in unwelcome sexual propositions, invitations, solicitations, and flirtation;
- Displaying sexually suggestive electronic content, including inappropriate e-mails, images, and/or videos;
- Engaging in sexual violence, including sexual assault;
- Giving unwelcome personal gifts, especially to someone in a subordinate position;
- Repeatedly asking someone for a date or other amorous or sexual encounter after the person has expressed disinterest;
- Making unnecessary and unwanted physical contact, such as hugging, rubbing, touching, patting, pinching or massages;
- Making unwelcome comments about a person’s body, dress, appearance, gender, sexual relationships, activities or experiences.
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Feelings and reactions to being sexually harassed are personal to everyone. However, being sexually harassed may affect various parts of someone’s life.
Some negative effects of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty concentrating and a decline in academic of work performance
- Changes in mood such as: feeling depressed, angry, afraid, helpless, isolated or discouraged
- Loss of trust in others including increased interpersonal conflicts within the classroom or workplace
- Increased absenteeism from the classroom or workplace