Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Image of a male placing his hand on a female's leg.

Sexual harassment can also include offensive remarks or jokes about a person's sex or gender. For example, making jokes or offensive comments about women in general towards a woman would be considered harassment. Also, both the victim and the harasser can be either a woman, or a man, and the harasser can be of the same sex as the victim. The harasser can be the victim's superior or supervisor, co-worker, peer, client, or student.

Examples of Harassment

  • A professor insists that a student have sex with him/her in exchange for a good grade. This is harassment regardless of whether the student accedes to the request.
  • A student repeatedly sends sexually oriented jokes around on an email list s/he created, even when asked to stop, causing one recipient to avoid the sender on campus and in the residence hall in which they both live.
  • Explicit sexual pictures are displayed in a professor's office, on the exterior of a residence hall door or on a computer monitor in a public space.
  • An ex-girlfriend widely spreads false stories about her sex life with her former boyfriend to the clear discomfort of the boyfriend, turning him into a social outcast on campus.
  • Male students take to calling a particular brunette student "Monica" because of her resemblance to Monica Lewinsky. Soon, everyone adopts this nickname for her, and she is the target of relentless remarks about cigars, the president, "sexual relations" and Weight Watchers.

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