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In considering sexual harassment, it is the EFFECT of behavior not the INTENT that counts.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

The following behaviors could be considered sexual harassment if unwelcome:

  • Direct or indirect threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activity
  • Sexual innuendos and comments
  • Intrusive sexually explicit questions
  • Sexually suggestive sounds or gestures such as sucking noises, winks or pelvic thrusts
  • Repeatedly asking a person out for dates or to have sex
  • Rating a person’s sexuality
  • Ogling or leering, staring at a woman’s breasts or a man’s derriere
  • Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality
  • Graffiti about a person’s sexuality
  • Name-calling, such as “bitch”, “whore” or “slut”
  • Frequent jokes about sex for males/females
  • Letters, notes, telephone calls or material of a sexual nature
  • Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
  • Stalking a person
  • Attempted or actual sexual assault
  • Pressure for sexual activities accompanied by implied promises of special treatment or threats concerning an individual’s employment status or academic status
  • Any unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, grabbing, back-rubs, neck-rubs, blocking, cornering, pinning against the wall, touches, brushes, hugs, footsies, kneesies, wolf whistles

What To Do and Who To Contact

  • Tell the offender the behavior is unwelcome and must stop
  • Document any further harassment
  • Discuss the situation with one of the members of the Equity and Affirmative Action Council
  • Consult the UW Oshkosh Policy on sexual harassment

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Types of Sexual Harassment


Quid Pro QuoHarasser requires sexual favors of victim in return for some action by harasser, or harasser retaliates against victim for refusing sexual favors.
Hostile EnvironmentVictim is subjected to unwelcome repeated sexual comments, innuendoes or touching, which alter conditions or interfere with academic or employment performance or access to opportunities provided by the institution.

Conduct is gender-based, persistent and unwelcome.

Conduct may be physical, verbal or nonverbal.
Third-Party HarassmentSexual conduct between persons involved creates a hostile work environment for others.
Sexual FavoritismOpportunities granted in exchange for sexual favors constitutes unlawful sex discrimination against other qualified persons who are denied equal opportunity.
Gender-Based HarassmentHarassing behavior based on gender constitutes sexual harassment, even if the behavior is not "sexual" in content.

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