Sexual Harassment Policy - Academic Success Center

University Policy Regarding Sexual Behavior and Sexual Harassment
Maintaining a campus environment where
all individuals are treated with respect and
dignity and where all are free to participate
in a lively exchange of ideas are goals
stated in the University’s Policy regarding
Sexual Behavior and Sexual Harassment.
 Each student has the right to learn and
each employee has the right to work in
an environment free of sexual
harassment and one in which ideas may
be freely expressed.
 Any employee or student who engages
in conduct prohibited by the University’s
policy will face disciplinary action as
provided by law, university policies, and
applicable employment agreements.
Sexual Harassment in Education
An American Association of University (AAUW) study in 2006 reported that
62% of female college students and 61% of male college students reported
having been sexually harassed at their university.
66% of college students know someone personally who was harassed.
80% reported harassment being peer-to-peer.
51% of male college students admitted to sexually harassing someone in
college, with 22% admitting to harassing someone often or occasionally.
31% of female college students admitted to harassing someone in college.
Since most sexual harassment situations go unreported, it is important to
note that statistics do not give a complete picture of the problem. Only 10% or
less of student sexual harassment victims attempt to report their experiences
to a university employee.
Sexual Harassment Law
• Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII prohibits
employment discrimination based on race, sex,
color, national origin or religion.
• Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual
harassment, in federally funded education
Definition of Sexual Harassment
Educational Environment:
 Unwelcome behavior of a
sexual nature that interferes
with a student’s ability to learn,
study, work or participate in
school activities.
Employment Environment:
 Unwelcome behavior of a
sexual nature that interferes
with an employees work
performance or creates a
hostile or intimidating work
Do you know that…..
Sexual Harassment includes
• Verbal, nonverbal, and physical behavior
• Unwanted/unwelcome lewd jokes, gender-based slurs, and sexual
• Behavior that creates sexually hostile learning or working
• Harassment between people of the same sex
Anyone affected by the offensive conduct can be the victim
of sexual harassment behavior.
Two Types of Sexual Harassment
• Quid Pro Quo
• Hostile Environment
Quid Pro Quo
• The words “quid pro quo” mean
“something for something.”
• Individual is promised that he/she will
receive a benefit if he/she provides some
sexual favor.
Effects on the Victims
Professional, Financial, Social
 Increased absenteeism resulting in decreased work or school
 Loss of income due to loss of job or career
 Personal life offered up for public scrutiny—the victim becomes the
“accused,” lifestyle and private life will often come under attack.
 Humiliation by scrutiny and gossip
 Character and reputation suffer
 Relocation to another city, another job, or another school
 Loss of references/recommendations
Effects on Academics and Achievement
Impact on students who experience sexual
harassment includes:
 Trouble sleeping
 Loss of appetite
 Decreased participation in class
 Avoid study groups/library
 Change schools
 Change major
 Don’t go to professor’s office hours
Effects on The University
• Absenteeism and decreased productivity by staff or
student victims of harassment
• Victims show decreased job satisfaction/loyalty
• Staff resignations to avoid harassment
• Students leave school to avoid harassment
• Increased health care costs and sick pay costs due to
the health consequences on employees because of
• Lower ethical standards and discipline, as staff and/or
students lose respect and trust in supervisors/faculty
who indulge in sexual harassment
• School’s image can suffer if problem is ignored
• Legal costs if University is taken to court
Think Before you Act!
• How would your mother, sister, daughter
or son feel if they heard or witnessed you
sexually harassing another person?
• How would you feel repeating one of your
comments in front of your boss or at trial in
front of a judge or jury?
There’s NO Excuse!
• It’s illegal.
• If you see it or experience it, report it.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Policy on
Sexual Behavior and Sexual Harassment
• Read UL Lafayette’s Policy on Sexual
Behavior and Sexual Harassment.
• To receive Advisor Training credit (for
advising awards) please click here and
answer test questions. After
completion, save the file as your name;
then attach the file in an email to
[email protected] or print and send
your answers through campus mail to
Bette Harris c/o Academic Success
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