Sex and Sexual Harassment

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from treating any applicant, employee, or faculty member unfavorably with respect to the terms, conditions and privileges of employment because of such individual's sex.  Title VII also prohibits unwelcome conduct, based on sex, that is so severe and pervasive that it substantially interferes with a person's ability to perform their duties or that creates an intimidating or hostile work environment.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities.  Under Title IX, sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual coercion.

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act of 2013, which amended the Clery Act, expands the requirement of reporting sexual violence to include incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. 

Sexual Harassment: "Sexual Harassment" means behavior, including physical contact, advances, and comments in person, through an intermediary, and/or via phone, text message, email, social media, or other electronic medium, that is unwelcome; based on sex or gender stereotypes; and is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a person's academic performance, employment or equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from University programs or activities or by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.

Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to: •unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship; •unwelcome commentary about an individual's body or sexual activities; •threatening to engage in the commission of an unwelcome sexual act with another person; •stalking or cyber stalking; •engaging in indecent exposure, voyeurism, or other invasion of personal privacy; •unwelcome physical touching or closeness; •unwelcome jokes or teasing of a sexual nature based upon gender or sex stereotypes; and •sexual violence.

Sexual Violence:  "Sexual Violence" refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g. due to the person's age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the individual from having the capacity to consent).  Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, domestice violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual coercion. 

Title IX and University Policy prohibit gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. For further information regarding the University's process for reporting and investigating Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence, visit the University of Kansas Sexual Harassment web page.  

If you believe you have been subjected to sex discrimination or sexual harassment or have witnessed sex discrimination or harassment, please contact the EOO office at (913) 588-8011, or click here to file a complalint online.

Below you will find a link to the University of Kansas policy on Discrimination as well as other helpful links:

Last modified: Apr 29, 2016
Contact the EOO

Natalie Holick
Director, EOO
Office of Compliance
Mail Stop 7004
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160

913-588-8011
913-588-1224 FAX
mailto:nholick@kumc.edu

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