Sexual Harassment is recognized by Shepherd University as a form of Sexual Misconduct that creates an unhealthy learning environment and the university is committed to taking immediate and effective action to address such behaviors. Sexual harassment happens when one person uses sexual words, gestures, looks, or touches that may make another person feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination. It means that someone is treated differently because of his or her sex, gender or gender expression. . (WV Foundation for Rape Information Services) The harassing behavior can be considered subjectively and/or objectively inappropriate and can occur once or repeatedly.
Sexual Harassment is defined in the Student Handbook as:
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, non-verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or sexual violence.
Responding to Sexual Harassment