Admissions & Aid
Sexual harassment takes many forms, from constant joking to physical assault. It happens when a person with power abuse that power to intimidate, coerce, or humiliate someone because of gender or sexual preference. It may involve threats that you will lose your job or not be promoted, or that you will fall in class. Sexual harassment creates confusion because the boundary between professional roles and personal relationships is blurred. Your co-workers, supervisors, professors, or fellow students may make your work or learning environment uncomfortable because the harasser has introduced a sexual element into what should be a collegial situation.
According to guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Commission, the following behavior constitutes sexual harassment: