Sexual harassment is a form of misconduct that undermines the student’s relationship with educators and with other students. No student, male or female, should be subject to unasked for and unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct, either verbal or physical. Sexual harassment refers to sexual overtures or conduct that is unwelcome, personally offensive, and affecting morale, thereby interfering with a student’s ability to study or participate in school activities.
- Sexual harassment is a form of misconduct that includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is either made explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of an individual’s participation in the educational process;
- Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a factor for educational decisions affecting the individual; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
- Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Unwelcome verbal statements of a sexual or abusive nature, including requests or demands for sexual activity, sexual jokes, and obscene comments, etc.;
- Unwelcome, sexually motivated or inappropriate touching, pinching, or other physical contact;
- Unwelcome sexual behavior or communications, accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual’s education;
- Unwelcome behavior or communications directed at an individual because of his/her gender; and Stalking or unwelcome, sexually motivated attention. (3-26-02)