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Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

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 nature.

Sexual harassment includes acts of sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, and intimidation.

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