Where Does Bucknell Stand on Sexual Harassment?

In January 1981, Bucknell University adopted a policy prohibiting sexual harassment as it is defined in legislative and judicial rulings. Bucknell’s policy, which is explicitly stated in the Student, Staff, and Faculty Handbooks, applies to all members of the University community. The University believes that faculty, staff, and students have a right to a learning and work environment free from sexual harassment by colleagues, peers, supervisors, advisors, or teachers. Bucknell will work to eliminate sexual harassment on campus and enforce sanctions against those who violate its policy.

What's the problem?

Sexual harassment, whether between people of different sexes or the same sex, includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and 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 participation in an academic program;
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions or academic decisions affecting that individual, including, for example, grades, pay, promotions, and transfers; or
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment and has no legitimate relationship to the subject matter of a course or academic research.

What is "inappropriate" behavior?

Some examples of inappropriate behaviors that may be in violation of Bucknell’s sexual harassment policy include:

  • disparaging or condescending remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation
  • verbal abuse including sexist jokes and inappropriate remarks about one’s body or clothing
  • sexual innuendoes made at inappropriate times
  • obscene gestures
  • offensive sexual graffiti
  • subtle pressure for unwanted sexual activity
  • requests and demands for sexual favors
  • physical aggression or contact of a lewd type, including unnecessary brushes, touches, hugging, or kissing.

Is "stalking" sexual harassment?

Some forms of stalking constitute sexual harassment. Stalking is a particular form of harassment that involves engaging in a course of conduct or repeated acts towards another person, including following, observing, annoying, or alarming. The intent of the behavior is to cause fear of bodily harm or substantial emotional distress.

Stalking may include:

  • non-consensual communication, in person, by phone, voice or electronic mail, letters, gifts, etc.
  • pursuing or following
  • tracking someone’s movement or surreptitiously observing another’s routines
  • threatening gestures or innuendoes
  • trespassing or vandalism

Stalking behavior is a violation of state law and the University's Code of Conduct.



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