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Sexual Harassment

What is sexual harassment?

  • Form of sex discrimination
  • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
  • Involves relationships of unequal power and coercion
  • Harassment can occur between men and women or between members of the same gender

Types of sexual harassment

  • 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
    • Retaliation against the victim for refusing sexual favors
  • Hostile Environment
    • 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, a 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



The information supplied by this website is not to be considered legal or medical advice. The website is strictly for informational purposes only.

by greenc08 — last modified May 10, 2011 03:24 PM