Definitions of Harassment

Note: this page contains only an excerpt or summary of University policy. For more information, please see the complete Policy on Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment (PDF).

Discriminatory Harassment

Discriminatory harassment is offensive, unwelcome conduct or language that is based on an individual’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or sexual orientation, and that creates an offensive, demeaning, intimidating or hostile environment for that individual.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other offensive verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: a) Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of education, employment, or participation in other University activities; b) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting that individual; or c) Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education or performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive University environment for that individual.


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