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What is sexual harrassment?

Sexual Harassment is:

According to UNC Asheville Sexual Harassment Policy, sexually harassing behaviors are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature.

This conduct constitutes sexual harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either an explicit or implicit condition of employment or academic standing
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment which unreasonably interferes with another’s work, academic performance or privacy
  • If the conduct is unwelcome and could be offensive to a reasonable person, then the conduct may constitute sexual harassment, even if it was not intended to be offensive.

Sexually harassing actions and behaviors can occur outside the workplace and classroom- such as on the street. Although these actions may be commonly called sexual harassment, the term has a more specific meaning that restricts it to work and educational settings.

Acts of sexual harassment and violence are a violation of the law and university policy

Acts of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment jeopardize the health and welfare of our campus community and the larger community as a whole. Therefore, UNC Asheville stands strongly behind its prohibited conduct as related to sexual misconduct and sexual harassment.

All members of the university community must understand that sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and sexual exploitation of professional relationships violate the university’s policy and will not be tolerated.

Acts of sexual violence and harassment may also constitute criminal behavior that can be prosecuted under North Carolina law, as well as form the basis for discipline and other corrective action under employee disciplinary standards or the UNC Asheville Student Code of Community Standards.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • Repeated requests for dates and sex
  • Sexually oriented humor or language
  • Kissing sounds, whistling, cat calls
  • Obscene phone calls
  • Comments about sexual likes/dislikes
  • Comments about sexual behavior
  • Leering or ogling
  • Repeated “love” letters
  • Sexually oriented electronic messages or images
  • Email/screen-savers/desktop “wall paper”
  • Intrusive touching including pats, hugs, squeezes, pinches, and/or brushing up against someone
  • Unwanted kissing
  • Unwanted fondling
  • Rape

Options for Confronting Sexual Harassment

To make a report:

Contact UNC Asheville Administration. For more information about filing a report or to make a report about a faculty or staff member, you can contact the UNC Asheville Title IX Coordinator by calling Human Resources at 828.350.4589. For reports by or about students, contact the Dean of Students about complaints by calling the Dean of Students Office at 828.250.2370. You cannot be required to confront the harasser as a part of the resolution process.

Retaliation and Confidentiality

Retaliatory behavior towards any person making a complaint of Sexual Misconduct or Harassment or against any person who is participating in a sexual misconduct/harassment investigation (or Citizenship Education process related to sexual misconduct/harassment) is a violation of University policy. Retaliation includes but not limited to threats, harassment, and intimidation, including retaliation by a third party on behalf of another. Any such behavior should be immediately reported to the Dean of Students and may result in additional disciplinary action and/or interim actions in response to the retaliatory misconduct. Confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent possible within the requirements of conducting a reasonable investigation. Only those who have an immediate need to know may find out the identities of the parties.

Last edited by webmaster@unca.edu on March 7, 2014

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