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Consensual Relationship Policy

Policy Concerning Consensual Relations

In order to foster an environment for learning and to avoid the potential for exploitation, the volunteer career advisor shall not have any dating, romantic, or sexual relationship (even if it is deemed to be consensual) with a student.

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Prohibited Behavior: Sexual harassment can take a variety of forms ranging from pressure for sexual activity to physical assault. The following types of conduct may constitute sexual harassment if the conduct is pervasive or severe enough to meet the criteria outlined above:

Verbal: Direct or indirect threats of intimation of sexual relations or sexual contact which is not freely or mutually agreeable to both parties; continual or repeated verbal abuses of a sexual nature, including graphic commentaries on the person's body; sexually suggestive objects or pictures that may embarrass or offend the person; sexual innuendoes, insults, jokes, remarks and anecdotes; subtle pressure for sexual activity; direct propositions of a sexual nature; unwelcome and persistent requests; or sexual advances in exchange for a grade.

Nonverbal: Repeated and unwanted inappropriate attention to the body such as whistling or obscene gestures.

Physical: Unnecessary touching, patting, pinching, hugging, brushing against a person's body, coerced sexual intercourse or sexual assault. The determination of whether an environment is "hostile" must be based on all of the circumstances involved. These circumstances could include the specific conduct at issue, the frequency of the conduct, and its severity.