What is unlawful gender-based discrimination?
Unlawful gender-based discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, and intimate partner violence. Unlawful gender-based discrimination can interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from university academic and non-academic programs, an employee’s ability to function in the workplace, and a campus visitor’s ability to utilize the university’s programs and services. Unlawful gender-based discrimination may include but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature, sexual jokes, verbal comments and other conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile, intimidating, or abusive environment. Sexual assault and sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment that involve having or attempting to have sexual contact with another person without consent.