Examples of Harassing Behavior


  • Spoken, written or email communication that is sexually explicit in nature

  • Presenting sexually suggestive visual materials such as magazines, posters, cartoons or photos

  • Trying to bargain sex for favors like good grades or job promotion

  • Uninvited touching, stroking, brushing up against you or gestures of a sexual nature

  • Direct threats concerning sexual favors or the refusal to consent to sexual favors

  • Sexual assault or abuse


Crossing the Line

Sometimes individuals believe they are being funny or sophisticated with inappropriate behavior. Unfortunately, if they are not “called” on it, the behavior may continue and rise to the level of being defined as harassing. Examples include: 
Unwelcome or unwanted sexual comments or innuendo

Suggestive comments about your clothing
Disrespectful or offensive jokes about people who are lesbian, gay, transexual,     transgender or queer

Pressure for a date from a supervisor or faculty member

Referring to sexual experiences

Sending unwelcome notes, emails and gifts

The particular facts of each situation determine whether offensive conduct has "crossed the line" from simply boorish or childish behavior to unlawful gender discrimination. Generally, a single sexual joke, offensive epithet, or request for a date does not constitute hostile environment sexual harassment; however, being subjected to such jokes, epithets, or requests repeatedly may constitute hostile environment sexual harassment. If you feel uncertain about whether the behavior is harassing, talk with one of these offices for help.