Sexual harassment is a form of sexual misconduct and includes physical contact, advances and comments in person, through an intermediary, by phone, text message, email, social media or other medium, that is:
- Based on sex or gender stereotypes;
- And is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a person’s academic performance, employment or equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from university programs or activities, or by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to:
- Efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship.
- Commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities.
- Threatening to engage in the commission of an unwelcome sexual act with another person.
- Stalking or cyber-stalking.
- Engaging in indecent exposure, voyeurism or other invasion of personal privacy.
- Unwelcome physical touching or closeness.
- Jokes or teasing of a sexual nature based upon gender or sex stereotypes.
- Sexual violence.
University policy and Title IX prohibit gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.