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Definitions

Gender Discrimination
Gender discrimination is defined as unequal treatment based on gender. It is a denial of fairness prompted by gender prejudice. Examples include: a professor hiring only male lab assistants, faculty giving higher grades to female students, and an intramural referee only giving timeouts to men.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment includes any interpersonal attention of a sexual nature that is unwanted and unwelcome. Harassment creates a hostile environment that can interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s programs. Examples include: ogling, groping, requests for sexual favors, starting rumors about a person’s sexuality, touching someone inappropriately, or saying degrading remarks about a person’s body. 

Sexual Imposition & Assault
Sexual imposition and assault involves sexual acts or contacts with others by force or threat of force, or through the use of intoxicants (alcohol and/or drugs) that impair the individual’s ability to give consent. Examples include: forced penetration, obscene phone calls, verbal or written threats of sexual violence, and exposing one’s genitals.  

Stalking
Stalking is willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly following or harassing another person in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to feel frightened, intimidated, threatened, or harassed. Examples include: being physically followed; sending notes, phone calls, texts, or digital messages; and sending unwanted gifts.


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