Sexual Harassment

Modified: March 8, 2023

is defined as a form of unlawful sex discrimination that is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature or unwelcome conduct directed at a person because of their sex or gender. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Conduct of a sexual nature is unwelcome when the person toward whom it is directed does not request or invite the conduct and views it as offensive and undesirable. Types of sexual harassment include Quid Pro Quo Harassment and Hostile Environment Harassment: a. Quid Pro Quo Harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which is made an explicit or implicit condition of participation in a College program or activity or College employment or an employment decision. b. Hostile Environment Harassment occurs when unwelcome sexual conduct is so severe or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s work performance or a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity or creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational or employment environment. c. Conduct of a sexual nature may include, but is not limited to: i. Verbal or physical sexual advances; i. Touching of a sexual nature; ii. Graffiti of a sexual nature; iii. Sexual gestures; iv. Sexual or “dirty” jokes; v. Comments regarding physical or personality characteristics of a sexual nature; and, vi. Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures and written materials (SFCC Policy 5-1 Art Displays and Artistic Expression). d. For the definition of sexual harassment under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, please refer to SFCC Policy 4-50 Employee Policy on Sexual Violence, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking regarding situations involving employees. Allegations of sexual harassment that do not fall under this policy’s definition because they do not constitute prohibited conduct as defined in this section may constitute violations of other College policies.

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