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Affirmative Action and Diversity - Sexual Harassment


Subject Area: Workplace Policies
Policy Title: Sexual Harassment
Policy / Procedure No: AAD002
Responsible Office: Affirmative Action and Diversity

PURPOSE: To respond to sexual harassment issues.

SCOPE: Entire University community.

1. The University pledges to provide all employees and students with a non-discriminatory work and academic environment, free of intimidation, coercion, or unfair treatment based on sex and/or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment is an aspect of sex discrimination and constitutes illegal conduct prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and in the education context by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and in both the employment and education context of Massachusetts law.

2. No agent, supervisory personnel, or faculty member shall exercise his or her responsibilities or authority in such manner as to make submission to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature an explicit or implicit term or condition of evaluation, employment, admission, advancement, or reward within the University. Neither shall any agent, supervisory personnel, or faculty member make submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting any employee or student. Neither shall any agent, supervisory personnel, or faculty member conduct himself or herself with respect to verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature where such conduct has the purposes or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or classroom environment.

3. A romantic or sexual relationship between a supervisor and an employee or between any teacher and his/her student is expressly prohibited.

4. Complete information about the University's Sexual Harassment Policy, Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure, and the University's Policy Statement on Consensual Relationships is available in the Affirmative Action and Diversity Office, 424 Columbus Place, x2133. For additional information, visit our website at