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Sexual harassment is especially serious when an instructor harasses a student or a supervisor harasses a
       subordinate. In such situations, sexual harassment unfairly exploits the power inherent in an instructor’s
       or supervisor’s position. However, while sexual harassment often takes place in situations where there
       is an abuse of a power differential between the persons involved, the College recognizes that sexual
       harassment is not limited to such situations. Sexual harassment can occur when a student harasses
       an instructor, when a subordinate harasses a supervisor, or between persons of the same status as
       students or employees.
       Sexual harassment may also include, but is not limited to, conduct described below:
        -  Gender Harassment is generalized sexist statements and behavior that convey insulting or degrading
         attitudes including acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based
         on sex or sex-stereotyping or a person’s failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or
         femininity even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Examples include suggestive
         or sexually explicit posters, calendars, photographs, graffiti, cartoons, e-mail, voicemail, and social
         media including but not limited to Facebook and twitter; and sexually explicit jokes or humor
         focused toward a particular gender.
        -  Seductive Behavior is unwanted, inappropriate and offensive sexual advances. Examples include
         repeated unwanted sexual invitations, insistent requests for dinner, drinks or dates, persistent letters,
         phone calls and other invitations.
        -  Sexual Bribery is solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promising a reward
         (a better grade, promotion, etc.) for performing the activity or behavior. The proposition may be
         either overt or subtle.
        -  Sexual Coercion is sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by threat of punishment. Examples
         include negative performance evaluations, withholding promotions, threats of termination, or threats
         of a failing or lower grade.
        -  Sexual Imposition includes deliberate assaults or molestation, or unwanted physical contact such
         as patting, pinching, “friendly” arms around the shoulder or intentionally brushing against another
         person’s body. This includes any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a
         man or a woman upon a man or a woman, that is without consent and/or by force such as intentional
         contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another person with any of these
         body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; and
         any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts,
         buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.
        -  Other conduct or behavior of a sexual nature deemed inappropriate by a College employee and/
         or student.
       5. Evidence of Sexual Harassment: Behavior that may constitute, or be evidence of, prohibited sexual
       harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following:
       a. Physical assault;
       b. Direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of, or that failure to
         submit to such advances will adversely affect, employment, work status, promotion, grades, letters
         of recommendation, or participation in a College sponsored activity;
       c.  Direct propositions of a sexual nature or persistent unwelcomed efforts to pursue a romantic or sexual
         relationship, including subtle pressure for sexual activity, an element of which may be repeated staring;
       d. A pattern of unwelcomed sexually explicit gestures, statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes,
         whether made physically, orally, in writing, or through electronic media (see Board Policy Number
         313 Technology and Board Policy Number 315 Social Media Policy);
       e. A pattern of unwelcomed conduct involving:
         1. Unnecessary touching;
         2. Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body;
         3. Remarks relating to sexual activity or speculations concerning previous sexual experience; or
         4. Stalking another person who reasonably perceives the stalker is pursuing a romantic and/or sexual
           relationship, and stalking of a sexual nature that is directed at a specific person that would cause
           a reasonable person to feel fear; or
       f.  A display of graphic sexual material (not legitimately related to the subject matter of an academic
         course, if one is involved, or to job requirements) in a context where others are not free to avoid the
         display because of an employment or educational requirement or without surrendering a privilege
         or opportunity that others may reasonably expect to enjoy in that location.
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