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Traumatic Experiences
Sexual harassment is unwanted, unwelcome sexual advances
or requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, written, visual,
or physical conduct of a sexual nature that either explicitly or
implicitly is made as (1) a term or condition of an individual’s
employment or academic status or (2) a basis for an
employment or academic decision affecting that person
directed at the victim by an individual or group of individuals.
Examples include sexual acts that are demanded in exchange
for maintaining or enhancing academic benefits or status and
unwelcome sexual behavior that is persistent, pervasive, or
severe and has the purpose or effect of interfering with the
work or the educational environment in a way that the
student finds hostile or offensive. Harassing behavior may
include attempts to communicate via phone, email, websites,
chat groups, FAX, or letters; giving of unwanted gifts; displays
of sexual material; and unwanted physical contact with the
victim. Harassers can be male or female, and their targets
can be members of the same or opposite sex. A one-time
incident can be considered harassment.
Students may experience sexual harassment in the academic
setting or as student employees. They may experience
shame, anger, fear and denial and may display signs of
distress. These students will benefit from a caring response
that allows the student to feel some control in choosing what
action to take.