Sexual Harassment Prevention
In the classroom
Sexual harassment of students is a form of prohibited sex discrimination. Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a University employee, by another student, or by a third party, constitutes sexual harassment. Also this conduct can be severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to cause the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity to be limited, or create a hostile or abusive educational environment.
“Quid pro quo” sexual harassment is equally unlawful. It occurs when a University employee explicitly or implicitly conditions a student’s participation in an education program or activity, or bases an educational decision, on the student’s submission to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. “Quid pro quo” harassment occurs whether the student resists and suffers the threatened harm or submits and thus avoids the threatened harm.
Verbally Offensive Behavior
- sexual innuendos and comment
- whistling in a suggestive manner
- jokes about sex or gender in general
- spreading rumors about sexual activity or performance of a student or employee
- sexual propositions, invitation, or other pressures for sex
- implied or overt threat
Physically offensive Behavior
- patting, pinching, tickling or other unwanted touching
- brushing against the body
- attempted or actual kissing
- attempted or actual foundling
- coerced sexual intercourse
Non-Verbal offensive Behavior
- public displays or sharing of pictures or photographs of a sexual nature
- email or websites of a sexual nature
- love notes or letters- suggestive comments on memos
- gag gifts (sex toys, games)
What if I’m not sure?
“I don’t like what was said or done, but I’m not sure if this actually was sexual harassment.” Each situation is unique. If you’re not sure, ask yourself these questions:
- Was the behavior unwelcome and did/does it make you uncomfortable?
- Was the behavior or comment of a sexual nature?
- Was the conduct done by someone who can affect your grade?
- Was the conduct initiated by another party and not by you?
- Do you fear reporting the conduct will have a negative effect on your educational goals?
- Does enduring the behavior impact your ability to perform your job or operate in the classroom effectively?