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Non-Title IX Prohibited Conduct

Discrimination, Harassment, & Non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct Prohibited Conduct

Discrimination: Any disparate treatment of an individual based on actual or perceived membership in a class protected by law or policy (hereafter, “protected status”) which has an adverse impact sufficient to alter the terms and conditions of an individual’s academic, employment, or other University status or opportunity.

Harassment (Hostile Environment): Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct based on an actual or perceived membership in a class protected by law or policy when is:

  1. Sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter an individual’s working or academic conditions;
  2. Creates a hostile or abusive working, living or academic environment; or
  3. Is sufficiently severe or pervasive to limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity.

Factors that may be considered include the frequency and severity of the unwelcome conduct; whether it is physically threatening or humiliating; and whether it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance. 

Retaliation: Intimidating, threatening, coercing, or discriminating against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by any state or federal anti-discrimination law or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing under this Policy.  

Other Sexual Misconduct includes: 

For the purposes of this definition:  

Gender-based harassment, including unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on a student’s actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes.*

Sexual Assault means physical sexual acts committed when consent is not received or when a person is physically or mentally unable to give consent as defined by this Policy, including: 

Sexual Exploitation occurs when an individual takes non-consensual, unjust, or abusive sexual advantage of another; for their own advantage or benefit; or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute sexual assault or sexual harassment. Sexual exploitation includes, but is not limited to: 

Sexual Harassment means unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:  

Quid Pro Quo

Hostile Environment such conduct is:

Factors that may be considered include the frequency of the unwelcome conduct; its severity; whether it is physically threatening or humiliating; and whether it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance. 

Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment as defined above may include a severe, persistent, or pervasive pattern of unwelcome conduct that includes one or more of the following: