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Sexual Harassment

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.

As Stated In The Student Code Of Conduct, Sexual Harassment Is Defined 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

This can include, but is not limited to:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or participation in a University sponsored educational program or activity.
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual.
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or working environment.

A single isolated incident of sexual harassment may create a hostile environment if the incident is sufficiently severe.