What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment can be defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, or verbal or physical conduct directed at an individual because of his or her gender or motivated by animosity based on gender when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or student status (also known as quid pro quo) or
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting that individual with regard to employment (raises, job, work assignments, discipline, etc.) or to student status (grades, references, assignments, etc.), resulting in adverse consequences, or
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or educational experience, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work and/or educational environment—that is, hostile environment. The work or educational environment includes classroom and clinical settings, residence halls, activities, programs, offices and all on- or off-campus Case-sponsored events.