What is Sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence, when one or more of the following criteria are met:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the individual’s employment or of the individual’s status in a program, course or activity; or
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions, a criterion for evaluation, or a basis for academic decisions or other decisions which affect an individual; or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance and/or educational experience and/or creating an intimidating, hostile, and/or offensive work and/or educational environment.
Sexual harassment can be unwelcome, repeated, or severe:
- Unwanted touching
- Sexually suggestive messages, letters, posters, or pictures
- Comments about a person’s clothing, his or her body, or personal appearance
- Sexual advances or propositions
- Repeated requests for dates
- Pressure for sexual activity
These are just a few examples. If you are experiencing other behaviors, they may still be considered sexual harassment.
What to do if you are experiencing sexual harassment:
If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed, please know that assistance is available. APU encourages all community members to seek help and report incidents of sexual harassment.
- Tell others about the sexual harassment and ask them to assist you.
- If you are able, avoid being alone with those who are sexually harassing you.
- Note escalating behavior. Trust your instincts and report the behavior, especially if you think that it’s getting worse, and/or your personal safety is endangered.
- View additional personal security tips from Campus Safety.
- Help is available from many resources on and off campus. Learn more about available resources and what they can offer.
- Consider talking with a counselor who is trained to assist you with the emotional impact of sexual harassment. You can contact the University Counseling Center at (626) 815-2109.
- To assist you in accessing resources and understanding reporting options, contact the Title IX Coordinator or any of the Title IX Deputy Coordinators.
- You have a right to stay at the university. The Title IX Coordinator has resources to help you get through tough semesters, or options if you are considering taking a break from classes.
Reporting Sexual Harassment
- If you are or have been harassed by a student, consider making a report to the Title IX Coordinator at (626) 815-2065 or Department of Campus Safety at (626) 815-5000. Sexual harassment violates the Sexual Harassment, Stalking and Sexual Violence Policy. Learn more about the Title IX investigation process and your rights and responsibilities in that process.
- If you are, or have been, harassed by a professor, staff person, or other employee of the university, consider making a report to the Title IX Coordinator at (626) 815-2065.