Sexual harassment includes making unwanted sexual advances and request for sexual favors where submission to the conduct is made a term or condition of employment or the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work, education, or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Unlawful harassment can take many forms, including the following examples:

Verbal harassment may include:
  • Suggestive or insulting sounds
  • Whistling in a suggestive manner
  • Humor and jokes about sex that denigrate men or women
  • Sexual propositions, invitations or other pressure for sex
  • Implied or overt threats
  • Sexual innuendoes, comments or sexual remarks about clothing, body or sexual activities

Physical harassment may include:
  • Patting, pinching and any other inappropriate touching or feeling
  • Brushing against the body
  • Attempted or actual kissing or fondling
  • Impeding or blocking movement
  • Coerced sexual intercourse
  • Assault

Visual harassment may include:
  • Pictures or drawings of a sexual nature that denigrate men or women
  • Written messages, letters, words, comments, or poems of a suggestive nature
  • Screensavers and/or emails of a sexual nature
  • Sexually suggestive objects
  • Touching oneself sexually for others to view
  • Making obscene gestures

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