Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence.
Sexual harassment also may include inappropriate touching, suggestive comments and public display of pornographic or suggestive calendars, posters, or signs where such images are not connected to any academic purpose.
All forms of sexual and sex-based harassment and discrimination are considered serious offenses by the University. A violation of The Student Code will be found where:
- Submission to sexual harassment of any kind is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, performance appraisal, or evaluation of academic performance; or
- These actions have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or working environment. Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment when the harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive to deny or limit a student’s or employee’s ability to participate in or benefit from the academic or work environment. State and federal law protect individuals from discrimination or discriminatory harassment in connection with employment and all academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic or other programs of a school. This protection extends to conduct that occurs both on and off University property.
Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Requests or attempts to extort sexual favors
- Sexual violence
- Inappropriate touching
- Suggestive comments
- Public display of pornographic or suggestive calendars, posters, or signs
- Acts that do not necessarily involve conduct of a sexual nature but are based on sex or sex-stereotyping and which may include physical aggression, intimidation or hostility are considered gender-harassment and are similarly prohibited.
Intimate Partner Violence (dating and domestic violence)
Intimate partner violence is a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship that is used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation.
A pattern of behavior is typically determined based on the repeated use of words and/or actions and inactions in order to demean, intimidate, and/or control another person. This behavior can be verbal, emotional and/or physical. Examples of intimate partner violence include, but are not limited to:
- Pulling hair
- Damaging one’s property
- Driving recklessly to scare someone
- Name calling
- Humiliating one in public
- Harassment directed toward a current or former partner or spouse
- Threats of abuse such as threatening to hit, harm, or use a weapon on another (whether complainant or acquaintance, friend, or family member of the complainant), or other forms of verbal threats
UConn’s sexual harassment policies protect you whether you’re a student, employee, and no matter what gender you identify with. If you think you’re being sexually harassed on- or off-campus, seek help from Office of Diversity and Equity.