What is Sexual Harassment?

The following summarized definition, based on Iowa law, appears in the Drake Code of Student Conduct:

 Sexual harassment:

 Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct aimed at another because of sex when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or status in a course, program or activity;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment or educational decision affecting an individual, or
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.

 Sexual harassment occurs in a variety of circumstances. Often, sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power, and contains elements of coercion as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes a condition of employment, work, education, study or benefits. Sexual harassment may also involve unwelcome relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal or physical behavior have a harmful effect on a person’s ability to study or work at the University.

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