Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct is either an explicit or implicit term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, or participation in a University program, activity, or service;
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by an individual is used as a basis in decisions affecting that individual’s employment, education, or participation in a University program, activity, or service; or
  • When such conduct is unwelcome to the person to whom it is directed or to others directly aware of it, and when such conduct is:
    • Severe, persistent, or pervasive; and
    • Has the purpose or effect of either:
      • Unreasonably interfering with the employee’s work performance or student’s academic performance; or
      • Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

In determining whether sexual harassment resulted in a sexually hostile environment, the University will consider the conduct from both an objective and subjective standpoint.  That is, the Reporting Party must view the conduct as offensive, and a reasonable person with the same fundamental characteristics as the Reporting Party (e.g., actual or perceived sex, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression) must also view the conduct as offensive.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination outlawed under Title IX and prohibited conduct/behavior under the University’s Executive Policy 1.204 on Sex Discrimination and Gender-Based Violence.