What is Sexual Harassment?

    • What is Sexual Harassment?

      Sexual harassment can be unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that detrimentally affects the learning or work environment. It may include the expression of sexist attitudes or language. 

      Sexual harassment is not... a relationship of mutual consent, a hug between friends, a mutual flirtation, or a scholarly discussion dealing with sex or sexuality.

       

      The definition according to the Capilnano University Policy is...

      3.2 SEXUAL HARASSMENT

      Sexual harassment is comment, conduct or representations of a sexual nature, including sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, suggestive comments or gestures, or physical contact when any one of the following occurs:

      3.2.1 The conduct is engaged in, or the comment is made by, a person who knows, or ought reasonably to know, that the conduct or comment is unwanted or unwelcome.

      3.2.2 The conduct or comment has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, and may include the expression of sexist attitudes, language and behaviour.

      3.2.3 The conduct or comment exploits the fiduciary relationship between students and employees of the University.

      3.2.4 The conduct or comment is accompanied by a reward, or the express or implied promise of a reward, for compliance.

      3.2.5 The conduct or comment is accompanied by reprisal, or an express or implied threat of reprisal, for refusal to comply.

      3.2.6 The conduct or comment is accompanied by the actual denial of opportunity, or the express or implied threat of the denial of opportunity, for failure to comply.