Sexual harassment is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and the University Dignity at Work and Study Policy.

Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which: 
  • violates your dignity 
  • makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated 
  • creates a hostile or offensive environment 
You don’t need to have previously objected to someone's behaviour for it to be considered unwanted. 

Some examples of sexual harassment include:
  • physical behaviour, including unwelcome sexual advances, touching and various forms of sexual assault 
  • displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature 
  • sending emails with a sexual content 
  • Emphasising the sex of a person or group in a negative way
  • Suggestive and/or unwelcome sexual comments or gestures
  • Unnecessary and/or unwelcome physical contact
  • Pulling at or lifting someone's clothing and/or exposing their body (in public or private) without consent
  • Unwelcome, sexually explicit comments or language via the internet
  • Displaying or sending pornographic, degrading or indecent images electronically

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