Sexual Harassment

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when:

  • You are expected to accept this conduct to get or keep a job, a promotion, or a grade. Or
  • The conduct interferes with your performance at work or school. Or
  • The conduct creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

  • Unwanted touching, pinching, or patting;
  • Comments about your body, clothes, or sexual activities;
  • Subtle pressure for sexual activity;
  • Obscene gestures;
  • Derogatory remarks about one's body, clothes, sexual orientation, or sexual activities;
  • Repeated brushing up against your body; and
  • Requests or demands for sexual activity with threats about your job or grade.

What To Do If You Are Being Harassed

  • Tell the person harassing you that the behavior is unwelcome and unacceptable, very clearly and firmly.
  • Don't ignore it, because it may then increase in frequency and/or severity.
  • Document each incident with dates, times, places, and type of behavior.
  • Seek help and support. Here at UNC contact the Dean of Students Office at (970) 351-2796. The office is located in Carter Hall room 3005.