Sexual Harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a manager, supervisor, co-workers or non-employee (third party). Sexual harassment may occur between members of opposite genders or the same gender. It may occur on the basis of sexual orientation. It may occur in any context in which sex is introduced into a business or university relationship. Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision.
By law, all reports of sexual harassment must be investigated, meaning that the complaint would be initiated following Policy 1324’s formal complaint procedures.
Sexual harassment and sexual assault are two different things. Sexual assault is a criminal offense. Sexual assault is any sexual contact without consent, and includes intentional touching or being forced to touch another person. Categories of sexual assault include rape, incest, fondling, voyeurism (peeping toms) & indecent exposure. Sexual assault can happen to women or men.
To have consent, acts must not be committed through the use of force, intimidation, threats, or through the use of the victim’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness. If a person is intoxicated, they are unable to give consent.
JMU has many resources available to help if you are sexually assaulted:
As a first step, please consult Student Health’s guide – “What to do if you are assaulted”
You may also contact OEO for assistance and to report an assault.