- This review is provided for those who have already taken the training and should update their knowledge on a regular basis.
- You may review the information for any updates to the law prior to answering the review questions or if you feel you have enough knowledge you may go directly to the review questions.
- What is sexual harassment?
- Sexual Harassment – Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which affects a person’s ability to do their job.
- Hostile Environment – Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature resulting in an atmosphere so uncomfortable it prevents a person from effectively doing their job.
- Harassment is conduct that is unwelcome
- Sexual harassment is conduct that has sexual connotations
- When related to discrimination sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that affects a person’s job or performance of the job or in the classroom.
- Sexual harassment is behavior, it is not how you feel but how you act.
|When can sexual harassment occur?
- Sexual harassment can occur in work or educational environments. It can also occur in social environments if in fact the parties have work or educational relationships ( boss, co worker, student, professor) and that relationship is a factor in the social interaction
- New information will be incorporated
in the training as it becomes available and necessary.
should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Office 785-628-5596
This information is provided for educational purposes
and is not intended as legal advice. Persons with specific
legal questions should contact a qualified attorney.
|Quid Pro Quo harassment
- This is the type of sexual harassment that in a work setting:
- Results in tangible employment action
- Can be committed only by someone who can make or influence employment actions (firing, demotion, denial of promotion etc.)
- In an education setting this would be when a professor had power over grades or other educational actions (an advisor)
An employer is strictly liable for supervisor harassment of this type
|Hostile Environment Harassment
- Sexually based unwelcome conduct of supervisors, co-workers, customers, vendors or anyone else with whom the employee interacts on the job.
Such conduct must be "sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of [their] employment.“
- In an educational setting it may involve conduct such that students in the situation are made to feel uncomfortable
- It is important to realize that the issue is not what is meant but what is perceived by those that feel affected.
|What if you experience Sexual harassment ?
- Incidents of sexual harassment should be reported. They can be reported to a supervisor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, or any administrator.
- The University has a policy which states that no one should be subject to sexual harassment. (click here to reach the policy).
- Generally an occasional or isolated incident will not be considered “severe and pervasive” enough to create a hostile environment.
- Rude and insulting comments and behavior that is offensive, while never appropriate, may not be sexual harassment.
- The sexual harassment policy of Fort Hays State University can be found in the Faculty handbook and the student handbook.
Click here for the full policy.