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