Sexual harassment is characterized by severe or pervasive unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may be occurring when: 

  • The conduct is made as a term or condition of an individual's employment, education, living environment or participation in the campus community. 
  • The acceptance or refusal of such conduct is used as the basis or a factor in decisions affecting an individual's employment, education, living environment, or participation in the campus community. 
  • The conduct unreasonably impacts an individual's employment or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for that individual's employment, education, living environment, or participation in the campus community. 


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Examples of unwanted behavior that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
  • Massaging a person’s neck or shoulders 
  • Touching a person’s clothing, hair, or body 
  • Hugging, kissing, patting, or stroking a person’s body 
  • Making sexual gestures with hands or body movements, touching or rubbing oneself in a sexual manner around, or in the view of another person 
  • Brushing up against another person 
  • Tearing, pulling, or yanking a person’s clothing 
  • Sexual flirtation, advances or propositions for sexual activity, or repeatedly asking for a date from a person who has indicated they are not interested 
  • Discussing or about sexual fantasies, preferences, or history
  • Verbal abuse of a sexual nature
  • Suggestive comments and sexually explicit jokes, or turning discussions at work or in academic or living settings to sexual topics when not legitimately related to an academic matter 
  • Stating, indicating, or implying in any manner that benefits will be gained or lost based on response to sexual advances 
  • Staring repeatedly at someone; repeatedly watching someone from afar 
  • Blocking another person’s path or otherwise restricting their movements, particularly when in conjunction with other acts or comments 
  • Invading a person’s personal body space, such as standing closer than appropriate 
  • Looking a person up and down in a suggestive or intimidating manner 
  • Making sounds such as smacking or licking lips, making kissing sounds, or whistling 
  • Letters, gifts, or materials of a sexual nature, including but not limited to typed or handwritten notes, email, instant messages, text messages, online postings, etc. 
  • Request for a sexual favor in exchange for a better grade or promotion

A victim does not have to tell the perpetrator to stop the behavior or conduct for it to be considered harassment.