Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: a) submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of employment or participating in educational programs; b) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual; or c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee's work performance or student's academic performance creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.
Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to the following:
- Creating an offensive working or learning environment by repeated written, verbal, physical and or visual contacts with sexual overtones.
- Establishing a pattern of conduct that would cause discomfort and/or humiliate a reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed.
- Making reprisals, threats of reprisal, or implied threats of reprisal following a rebuff of harassing behavior.
- Retaliating against a person for reporting or threatening to report sexual harassment.
- Engaging in explicit or implicit coercive sexual behavior within the work environment which is used to control, influence or affect the employee's career, salary and/or work environment, such as implying or actually withholding support for an appointment, promotion or change of assignment; submitting or threatening to submit an undeserved performance report, failing or threatening to fail the probationary period.
- Engaging in explicit or implicit coercive sexual behavior within the educational environment which is used to control, influence or affect the educational opportunities, grades, and/or learning environment of a student, such as withholding or threatening to withhold grades earned or deserved; denying or threatening to deny a scholarship recommendation or college application.
Verbal Sexual Harassment
- Making implied or overt threats unless sexual favors are granted
- Making suggestive or insulting sounds
- Making jokes, teasing, or spreading rumors
- Commenting on sexual orientation
- Remarking about clothing, body, sexual activities, etc
- Leaving messages in graffiti, in emails, by telephone
- Using foul or hostile language
Non-verbal Sexual Harassment
- Leering or ogling an individual
- Making obscene gestures toward the individual
- Posting pornographic images in view of the individual
Physical Forms Of Sexual Harassment
- Touching the individual inappropriately – patting, pinching, etc.
- Brushing against the individual’s body
- Kissing or hugging the individual when the individual does not want to be kissed or hugged
- Cornering the individual
- Raping or attempting to rape the individual