Sexual harassment can be as subtle as...
a look or as blatant as rape. It can occur within and beyond the classroom and workplace. Both men and women can be sexually harassed, although women are most often victims. Verbal harassment may include humor or jokes about women, sex or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment often occurs in situations where one person has power over another, but may also occur among peers.
Sexual harassment has been defined as...
". . . any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature. . . it includes instances when such conduct is indicated to be a term or condition of an individual's decisions, interferes with an individual's academic or employment performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic or employment environment."
The examples below are intended to illustrate sexual harassment behavior. They are drawn from actual cases.
It is all too common for someone accused of sexual harassment to say, "I didn't realize that she (or he) would be offended by that." All members of the UW-Whitewater community should become more knowledgeable about sexual harassment, and sensitive to the impact of their behavior on others. Members of the UW-Whitewater community who supervise others have a special responsibility in this regard. They must help create an environment that actively discourages behavior that could be viewed as sexual harassment. Everyone is encouraged to speak out when they see, hear of, or experience incidents of sexual harassment.
If you feel that you may be the victim of sexual harassment, talk to someone you trust about the situation. You may feel embarrassed, or worry that you did something to provoke the unwanted behavior, however, you have a right to pursue your education or perform your job in an environment free from this type of interference. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 472-5669 for assistance.For additional information please visit our Sexual Misconduct and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention site.