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Harassment

Criminal Harassment

The crime of harassment occurs when a person engages in a course of conduct or certain acts against a victim.

Harassment occurs whenever a person, with the intent to "harass or intimidate" the victim either:

  • "Strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the person to physical contact or attempts or threatens to do the same" or
  • "Engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which harass or intimidate the person and which serve no legitimate purpose"

*Criminal Harassment is different from stalking but may also be charged in some stalking situations.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as follows:

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination.

It occurs in a variety of situations which share a common element: the inappropriate introduction of sexual activities or comments into the work, learning or living situation. Often, sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power, and contains elements of coercion--as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes criterion for granting work, study, grading or other benefits. However, sexual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behavior have a harmful effect on a person's ability to study or work in the academic setting. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education; (QUID PRO QUO)
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; or (QUID PRO QUO)
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning employment or educational environment. (HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT)

If you are experiencing either of these types of harassment...get connected with the Campus Victim Advocate to talk through your options, discuss safety planning and reporting options, and get connected with other resources on campus.

Local Hotlines

24-Hr Sexual Assault Hotline
(920) 722-8150
24-Hr Domestic Abuse Hotline
(920) 235-5998

Contact Information
Name: Stephanie Kitzerow
Phone: (920) 424-2061
Email: kitzeros@uwosh.edu
Hours: M-F: 8:30am-4:30pm
Office: Student Success Center, Suite 240
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