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Definitions of Sexual Harassment

As defined in the STU policy, sexual harassment is an expression or
behaviour of a sexual nature, including but not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, unwanted attention of a sexual nature, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may occur between males and females, or between members of the same sex. It may occur when there is a difference of status (faculty/student, supervisor/employee) or between persons of the same status (faculty/faculty, student/student). Sexual harassment occurs when:

(a) attention which is sexually oriented and is of a persistent or abusive nature is made by a person who knows or ought reasonably to know that such attention is unwanted;

(b) there is an implied or expressed promise of reward for complying with a sexual advance or a request for sexual favour, such as employment, academic status or accreditation;

(c) there is an implied or expressed threat of reprisal in the form of denial of academic status or accreditation or opportunity in employment for refusal to comply with a sexual advance or sexual favour or for making a complaint of sexual harassment; or

(d) persistent, degrading or abusive verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which interferes with an individual's or group's work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, learning or living environment.


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