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What is sexual or gender-based harassment under the University's Policy?

Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment may:

  • (1) include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal,
    physical, or electronic conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile,
    intimidating, or abusive environment;
  • (2) involve verbal, physical, or electronic conduct based on Sex, Gender, Sexual
    Orientation, or sex-stereotyping that creates a hostile, intimidating, or abusive
    environment, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature; or
  • (3) include Harassment for exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical
    characteristic for one’s Sex or for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of
    masculinity and femininity, regardless of the actual or perceived Sex, Gender,
    Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Gender Expression of the individuals involved.

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What are examples of harassment?

  • Denying a fellow Tar Heel membership in your student organization because they repeatedly refused to go out with you on a date.
  • Repeatedly posting derogatory comments on Twitter over the course of a month about a male coworker’s high-pitched voice and feminine mannerisms so that the coworker no longer feels comfortable and safe working in the same office building.

Where can I find help?

If you have experienced sexual or gender-based harassment, you are encouraged to seek support and report the incident.