Sexual Harassment

Per the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, sexual harassment is defined as “unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”

There are two forms of sexual harassment:

Quid Pro Quo

Quid pro quo occurs when a person’s submission to such conduct is implicitly or explicitly made the basis for employment decisions, academic evaluation, or other decisions affecting participation in a University program.

Examples of quid pro quo:

  • Giving employment promotions in exchange for sexual favors

  • Providing grades or positive course evaluations in exchange for sexual favors

  • Threatening to demote someone or give poor academic evaluations if one does not agree to providing sexual favors

Hostile Environment

Hostile environment occurs when such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it unreasonably denies, adversely limits, or interferes with a person’s learning or working environment.

Examples of conduct that may create a hostile environment:

  • Constantly making sexual jokes or sexual innuendos

  • Openly discussing one’s sex life

  • Making sexist comments

  • Unwanted hugs, shoulder rubs, or other touching

  • Repeatedly asking for dates

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