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What is Sexual Harassment?
Defined, sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination that violates Title VII.
Tell the harasser that the behavior is unwelcome and it should stop, keep notes as to date, time, conversation. If a simple no doesn't stop the offensive behavior or if you can't say no for fear of the consequences (because of grades, reference or job), it is time to seek help. Contact the harasser's supervisor or the EO/AA Office for advice, counseling and information. Keep a written record of what the harasser says and does, who saw what, how you responded, and to whom you reported it. Discuss the situation with co-workers or others who have had similar experiences. Speaking up can be helpful in finding support and in protecting future victims. Know that the harassment is not your fault. Do not blame yourself.
ODU Equal Opportunity/
To file a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint against an ODU student, faculty or staff.
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