Sexual Harassment

Under certain circumstances, sexual conduct or acts of sexual violence can fall under the definition of sexual harassment. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made, or threatened to be made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education
  • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used or threatened to be used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual, or
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating what a reasonable person would perceive as an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living environment.
For more information about what sexual harassment is and what you can do if you are being harassed, please visit the Women’s Center website or the University Sexual Harassment Prevention Office website. You may also review the University's Policy on Sexual Harassment. Other relevant University policies include Guidance on Civility and Violence, Evaluative Authority Over Students, and Evaluative Authority Over Faculty or Staff