What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances. The harasser can identify with any gender and have any relationship to the victim, including being a direct manager, indirect supervisor, co-worker, teacher, peer, or colleague.
Some forms of sexual harassment include:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Unwanted touching or physical contact
- Verbal harassment of a sexual nature
- Physical acts of sexual assault
- Making conditions of employment dependent on sexual favors
Quid Pro Quo (meaning “this for that”)
- Sexual favors of a victim are required in return for some action such as granting work, study, or grading or other benefits
- Can result in retaliation against the victim for refusal of sexual advances
- Victim is subjected to unwelcome, repeated sexual comments, innuendoes or touching, which alter conditions or interfere with academic or employment performance or access to opportunities provided by the institutions
- Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive working or learning environment or is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it affects a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from a University program or activity
If you think that you might be a victim of sexual harassment, the campus victim advocate can help you with options of reporting and provide campus resources that can also help.
Sexual harassment can also be brought to the attention of the University by filling out the Bias Motivated Incident Crime Reporting Form. You have the option of either officially reporting or confidentially reporting.
The information supplied by this website is not to be considered legal or medical advice. The website is strictly for informational purposes only.