What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is conduct involving unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

  • Unwelcome requests for sexual activity.
  • Derogatory comments or jokes of a sexual nature.
  • Suggestive gestures, making graphic verbal comments about a person’s body.
  • Unwelcome touching, (such as repeatedly hugging or putting arms around another person).
  • Unwelcome behavior that is repeated and pervasive, and creates a hostile environment.

What is Sexual Violence?

Any sexual act where a person is unwilling or incapable of giving consent, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, intimidate partner violence, and sexual coercion.

Sexual violence can be carried out by school employees, other students, or 3rd parties.

What is a hostile environment?

A single serious act of sexual misconduct that denies a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from a work or educational program.


An individual’s sexual misconduct that is repeated and pervasive, and creates a hostile work or educational environment.