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The University of Michigan Faculty Handbook

11.B Definition of Sexual Harassment

For the purposes of determining whether a particular course of conduct constitutes sexual harassment under university policy, the following definition is used:

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute harassment when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University activity;

  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for or a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University activity; or

  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University activity.

Faculty/Staff Sexual Harassment Policy
The University of Michigan, Revised April 1, 2009

Conduct alleged to be sexual harassment is evaluated by considering the totality of the particular circumstances. Sexual harassment most often occurs when one person has actual or apparent power or authority over another, but may also occur between individuals of equal status or rank. It may occur between males and females or between persons of the same gender. For further discussion of what constitutes sexual harassment, see SPG 201.89-0.

Faculty Handbook: Sexual Harassment: