Description of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, repeated derogatory sexist remarks, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward a student or employee from a person with power or authority. According to guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, behavior constitutes sexual harassment in an academic setting when:

  • The person engaging in such behavior explicitly or implicitly makes your submission to it a term or condition of your employment or academic standing.
  • The person engaging in such behavior makes decisions affecting your employment or academic life according to whether you accept or reject that behavior.
  • The person's behavior is an attempt to interfere, or has the effect of interfering, with your work or academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

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