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Sexual harassment consists of the following: 

  • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education; or
  • When submission to, or rejection of, that conduct is used as the basis for an employment or academic decision affecting such individuals; or
  • Such conduct that is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment that substantially interferes with work or educational performance, or negatively affects an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.

Sexually harassing conduct may include but is not limited to verbal, physical, written, graphic, or pictorial incidents. Not every act that may be offensive to an individual or group constitutes sexual harassment. In determining whether sexual harassment has occurred, the totality of the circumstances surrounding the incident must be carefully reviewed and due consideration must be given to the protection of individuals’ rights, freedom of speech, academic freedom, and advocacy. Sexual harassment complaints will be reviewed from a standard of a “reasonable person” of the same sex of the complainant.

Learn where to report sexual harassment and where to find support and services.

  • Social Equity Office
  • B17 Susan S. Delaney Hall
    920 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3402
  • Fax: 724-357-3404
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.