SUNY Sexual Harassment Response and Prevention Policy Statement
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is unlawful in the workplace under Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the New York State Human Rights Law. Under Title IX of
the Educational Amendments of 1972, sexual harassment also is prohibited in the provision of educational
services and protects students and employees from sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is prohibited and will not be tolerated at SUNY. The University has implemented
measures to address and prevent sexual harassment and is taking additional affirmative steps to increase
awareness of, and sensitivity to, all forms of sexual harassment in order to maintain a workplace and
learning environment free of its harmful effects.
Sexual harassment is a form of workplace discrimination and employee misconduct, as well as a form of
discrimination in the academic setting, and all employees and students are entitled to work and learn in a
campus environment that prevents sexual harassment. All employees and students have a legal right to a
workplace and a campus free from sexual harassment, and employees and students can enforce this right
by filing a complaint internally with the University, or with a government agency, or in court under federal
or state anti-discrimination laws, as detailed in the University’s Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
In accordance with applicable law, sexual harassment is generally described as unwelcome sexual advances,
requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
• Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of
employment or academic benefit; or
• Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for an employment or academic
decision affecting the person rejecting or submitting to the conduct; or
• The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an affected person’s work
or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning
Sexual harassment can include physical touching, verbal comments, non-verbal conduct such as leering or
inappropriate written or electronic communications, or a combination of these things. Examples of sexual
harassment may include, but are not limited to:
• Seeking sexual favors or a sexual relationship in return for the promise of a favorable grade or
• Conditioning an employment-related action (such as hiring, promotion, salary increase, or
performance appraisal) on a sexual favor or relationship; or
• Intentional and undesired physical contact, sexually explicit language or writing, lewd pictures or
notes, and other forms of sexually offensive conduct by individuals in positions of authority, co-
workers or student peers, that unreasonably interferes with the ability of a person to perform their
employment or academic responsibilities.
• Physical acts of a sexual nature, such as:
o Touching, pinching, patting, kissing, hugging, grabbing, brushing against, or poking
another person’s body.
o Rape, sexual battery, molestation or attempts to commit these assaults.
• Unwanted sexual advances or propositions, such as:
o Requests for sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning a target’s
job performance evaluation, a promotion or other job benefits or detriments, or an
educational benefit or detriment;