Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence
Sexual Harassment is conduct that is:
1. Sexual in nature;
2. Unwelcome; and
3. Denies or limits a student's ability to
participate in or benefit from a university's education program.
Sexual harassment can take different forms depending on the harasser
and the nature of the harassment. The conduct can be carried
out by university employees, students, and non-employee third parties
such as a visiting speaker. Both male and female students can
be victims of sexual harassment, and the harasser and the victim can
be of the same sex.
The conduct can occur in any university program or
activity and can take place in university facilities, on a university bus,
or at other off-campus locations such as a university-sponsored field
trip or a training program at another location. The conduct
can be verbal, nonverbal or physical.
Examples of sexual misconduct include:
Making sexual propositions or pressuring students
for sexual favors
Touching of a sexual nature
Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
Displaying or distributing sexually explicit
drawings, pictures, or written materials
Performing sexual gestures or touching oneself
sexually in front of others
Telling sexual or dirty jokes
Spreading sexual rumors or rating other students
as to sexual activity or performance
Circulating or showing e-mails or web sites of a
Sexual harassment includes acts of sexual violence,
such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, and intimidation.