Harassment (Sexual)

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature are not permitted. The following constitutes sexual harassment:

  • Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic work.
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating a hostile or offensive working or academic environment.

The following conduct may also constitute sexual harassment:

  1. Unwelcome sexual propositions.
  2. Graphic comments about a person’s body.
  3. Sexually suggestive objects or pictures in the workplace or academic environment.
  4. Sexually degrading words to describe a person.
  5. Derogatory or sexually explicit statements about an actual or supposed sexual relationship.
  6. Unwelcome touching, patting, pinching or leering.
  7. Derogatory gender-based humor.

A single incident that creates a distracting or uncomfortable atmosphere on a given day may not constitute sexual harassment, however, isolated or sporadic acts that are severe may constitute sexual harassment. A series of individual minor incidents over time may have the cumulative effect of becoming sexually harassing. Such conduct whether intended or not may constitute sexual harassment.

Any reported incident involving sexual harassment by a faculty/staff member of the university must be reported to the Human Resources Director, a Vice President, the Dean of Student Affairs, or University Police. There is no right of confidentiality by any university staff or faculty member regarding this type of violation. Reporting is mandatory by law.