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Sexual Harassment

The University of Missouri, in accord with providing a positive discrimination-free environment, mandates that sexual harassment in the workplace or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct. Sexual harassment is subject to discipline, up to and including separation from the institution.

Sexual harassment is defined as: unwelcome sexual advances or request for sexual activity by a university employee in a position of power or authority to an employee or a member of the student body, or other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a university employee or a member of the student body to an employee or a member of the student body, when: submission to or rejection of such conduct is used explicitly or implicitly as a condition for academic or employment decisions, or the purpose or effect of such conduct is to interfere unreasonably with the work or academic performance of the person being harassed, or the purpose or effect of such conduct to a reasonable person is to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

The university prohibits retaliation against any person who brings an accusation of discrimination or sexual harassment, or who assists with the investigation or resolution of sexual harassment. The university may discipline an employee or student who has been determined to bring an accusation of sexual harassment in bad faith. (HR 510)

Reviewed 2010-08-16.