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What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser. The term also includes retaliation based on the termination of a prior intimate relationship. The work environment also extends to non-work places and non-work hours when the harasser continues a pattern of behavior or course of conduct outside the normal workplace.

Are there other types of harassment?
There are two (2) types of sexual harassment: “quid pro quo” harassment and “hostile work environment” harassment:

Quid pro quo (Latin, meaning “this for that”) harassment occurs when specific employment benefits (like a job, a promotion, preferred work assignment) are promised or withheld as a means of coercing sexual favors.

Hostile Work Environment is caused by conduct that unreasonably interferes with the victim’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. The atmosphere or “environment” can be tainted by unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, even though the behavior may not be directly linked to the giving or withdrawal of a tangible job benefit.

What if I know someone who is being sexually harassed, but doesn't want anyone to know?
Report it immediately. You should report it to either your supervisor, manager, department head or the Equal Opportunity Office.