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Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Oregon State University’s definition of sexual harassment is:

Unwelcome* sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or education-related decisions affecting such an individual; or
  • Such conduct  is sufficiently severe or pervasive  that it has the effect, intended or unintended, of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance because it has created an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment and would have such an effect on a reasonable person of that individual’s status.

*Employee conduct directed towards a student - whether unwelcome or welcome - can constitute sexual harassment under OAR 580-015-0010(2).

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • A professor telling you that you will receive a failing grade if you do not go out with him/her
  • A teaching assistant making sexist jokes while teaching
  • Managers or co-workers making unwelcome sexual advances

For more information about sexual harassment, visit OSU’s Affirmative Action Web site.