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Sexual Harassment

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is committed to provide a professional working and learning environment free from sexual harassment.

DEFINITION

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, verbal and written comments, or physical conduct of a sexual nature may constitute sexual harassment when such conduct:

  • is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in a university activity; or
  • is used to be a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions affecting an individual; or
  • creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive university environment.

In addition to the above definition sexual harassment may include, and is not limited to the following:

  • Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions
  • Verbal remarks of a sexual nature (whether to an individual or group)
  • Sexually explicit or offensive jokes
  • Graphic or degrading verbal or written comments of a sexual nature about an individual or the individual’s appearance
  • Suggestive or unwelcome physical conduct
  • Physical assault

Sexual Harassment is not limited by either gender of either party, or by superior-subordinate relationships.

NO LIABILITY FOR UNKNOWN HARASSMENT IF EMPLOYER:

    • Had a policy against harassment;
    • Had a proper complaint procedure; and
    • Communicated the disapproval of harassment to employees.

CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIPS

It is the policy of the University that consensual amorous or sexual relationships between faculty or staff members in positions of authority are not permitted with their subordinates or their students.

 
Related link:
HOOP 3.3 - Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
 

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