Sexual harassment is an act of coercion (an inappropriate use of power) that can occur between any individuals formally associated with the College, for example, between an employee and a supervisor, between coworkers, faculty members or between a faculty, staff or student and a customer, vendor or contractor, or between a student and a faculty member or another student. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, participation in any program or activity, or status in an academic course;
- Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individuals; or
- Such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or educational experience, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for working, learning, or living on campus.
Thus, sexual harassment encompasses any sexual attention that is unwanted. Verbal, visual, and physical conduct prohibited by College policy includes, but is not limited to:
- Physical assault;
- Direct or implied threats that submission to or rejection of sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status, promotion, grades or letters of recommendation;
- A pattern of conduct (not legitimately related to the subject matter of a course) that causes discomfort or embarrassment including:
- Inappropriate comments of a sexual nature;
- Sexually explicit questions, jokes or anecdotes;
- Touching, patting, hugging, intentionally brushing against a person’s body, or repeated or unwanted staring;
- Inappropriate remarks about sexual activity, experience or orientation; or
- Display of inappropriate sexually oriented materials in a location where others can see them; when such conduct, comments, actions or materials unreasonably interfere with a person’s working, living, or academic environment.