Definition: Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as follows: 

“...unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic advancement in any University activity or program; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting this individual in any University activity or program; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment in any University activity or program.”

Sexual Harassment Policy adopted by the Board of Regents May 11, 2012, Section II, subd. a.


It is the University’s goal to maintain a work environment free from sexual harassment. Supervisors and administrators must take timely and appropriate action when they know or have reason to know that behavior that might be sexual harassment is occurring. Supervisors and administrators who know of, or should have known of, the existence of sexually harassing conduct, can be held individually responsible under the sexual harassment laws. 

If you know or suspect that sexual harassment is occurring at the University, please contact your supervisor or administrator or the Office of Equal Opportunity. EOAA Equal Opportunity Consultants are available to discuss your concerns.

If you receive a report of sexual assault or relationship violence, you must contact EOAA or another appropriate office. Go to the UWide Policy Library for additional resources such as the Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence policy and the related procedure,  Responding to Incidents of Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence.

Title IX inquiries and complaints should be directed to:

Kimberly D. Hewitt
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
274 McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612/624-9547