Sexual harassment is defined by law as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

  • When submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of academic achievement,
  • When an individual makes a decision based on a student’s submission to, or rejection of, sexual advances, or
  • When sexual harassment substantially interferes with a student’s academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to, requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, physical conduct of a sexual nature, sexually intimidating behavior (i.e., outbursts of anger displaying either physical or verbal abuse), rude or profane language, unwelcome and unnecessary physical contact, inappropriate physical gestures, and unwelcome jokes and/or storytelling.

Carlow University seeks to create and maintain an academic environment in which all members of the community are free of harassment based on gender or sex. It is the policy of Carlow University to resist and prohibit any and all forms of discrimination in the form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in any manner or form violates university policy as well as state, federal, and local laws.


  • Sexual harassment, whether verbal or physical, has no place in the university environment and will not be tolerated by Carlow University.
  • Alleged acts of sexual harassment of students by any member of the community shall result in immediate suspension pending investigation.
  • Alleged violations of this policy will be investigated and appropriate corrective action, including discharge and/or disciplinary action, will be taken, if warranted.
  • If a student believes that she/he has been subjected to sexual harassment by any member of the community, she/he should bring the matter to the immediate attention of an officer of the university.
  • It is a violation of the university’s policy against sexual harassment for any person in the university community to attempt in any way to retaliate against a person who makes a claim of sexual harassment.
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