Definition of Sexual Harassment

  1. Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to any unwelcomed sexual advances, direct or indirect, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when a submission to or rejection of such conduct is made or is threatened to be made, either explicitly or implicitly:
    • A term or condition of instruction, employment or participation in other CFOT activity.
    • Submission to or a rejection of such conduct by an individual is used or is threatened to be used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or employment decisions affecting that individual or
    • Such conduct has the intent purpose or can reasonably be expected to have the effect of interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or advancement, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational living or working environment.
  2. The CFOT's sexual harassment policy and procedures also apply to gender harassment. Gender harassment includes verbal or physical harassment that is based on the person's gender but that is not sexual in nature.
  3. It is a violation of this policy for any administrative faculty or staff member of the CFOT to offer or request sexual favors, make sexual advances or engage in sexual conduct, consensual or otherwise. In such circumstances, consent may not be considered a defense against the charge of sexual harassment in any proceeding conducted under the CFOT's sexual harassment policy. The determination of what constitutes sexual harassment depends upon the specific facts and the context in which the conduct occurs.