What is Sexual Harassment?

​​​​​​​​​Sexual Harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
A.      Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment: When an employee of the District conditions (implicitly or explicitly) the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct; or
B.      Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person standing in the shoes of the Complainant to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s education program or activity; 

Sexual harassment may include incidents between any members of the District community, including faculty and other academic appointees, staff, students, student employees, coaches, interns, and non-student or non-employee participants in District programs. Sexual harassment may occur in hierarchical relationships, between peers or between individuals of the same sex.

Some examples of harassing behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • Insults, name-calling, and offensive jokes;
  • Unwelcome or inappropriate touching;
  • Sexually suggestive remarks or gestures;
  • Unsolicited pornographic materials;
  • Obscene messages (via text or computer); and
  • Pressure for sexual activity or date. ​