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Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment Should Not Happen At BYU

Each and every person has the right to work and to learn in an environment free from unlawful sexual harassment and other forms of illegal discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.

What is Unlawful Sexual Harassment?

Unlawful sexual harassment is defined as 1) Quid pro quo or 2) Hostile environment.

Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment is present when:

  • An expressed or implied request or demand for sexual favors is made
  • An expressed or implied threat to employment or education related to the acceptance or rejection of the request or demand is made; and/or
  • The person making the request or demand is in a position to implement the threat.

Hostile Environment sexual harassment is gender-based conduct that is so severe that it interferes with the ability of a person to perform employment or academic functions. To be defined as illegal, sexual harassment must be excessive, pervasive, severe, or part of a continuing pattern or practice.

Allegations of sexual harassment are taken seriously. Upon receiving a report of sexual harassment, the Equal Opportunity Manager takes appropriate action to resolve and correct conditions resulting from individual perceptions or from inappropriate behavior.

What Is Inappropriate Gender-Based Behavior?

BYU's Honor Code states, in part, that personnel and students will seek to demonstrate the moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Inappropriate gender-based behavior is any behavior directed at another person due to that person's gender which violates the Honor Code or the person's individual dignity but does not rise to the level of unlawful sexual harassment. Inappropriate gender-based behavior is a violation of the Honor Code and is against university policy.

Some examples of inappropriate behavior are:

  • Repeated stereotypical gender-based remarks;
  • Sexually oriented jokes, flirting, or comments;
  • Unwelcome touching or any touching of a sexual nature;
  • Verbal or physical abuse;
  • Graphic, sexually oriented comments about an individual's body;
  • Derogatory or demeaning comments concerning gender;
  • Offensive or crude language;
  • Display of objects or pictures which are sexual in nature; and/or
  • Persistent and unwanted attempts to change a professional relationship into a personal one.

What Can You Do?

If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or inappropriate gender-based behavior:

  • If practicable and if the incident is minor and isolated, tell the harasser in person or by letter that his or her behavior is neither humorous nor welcome and ask that it stop immediately.
  • Keep a written record of what happened, when, names of witnesses, and any other pertinent information that could be helpful in resolving the concern.
  • Inform the dean, chair, director, or administrative line management of what is happening.
  • That person will coordinate with the Equal Opportunity Manager.
  • If you prefer, report the incident directly to the manager of the BYU Equal Opportunity Office.

EEO Office: D-240 ASB: (801) 422-5895
24 Hour Reporting Hotline: (801) 367-5689
Honor Code Office, 4440 WSC: (801) 422-2847

See University Handbook for offical University Policy.

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