|Federal and state law, as well as University of Southern California policy, prohibits sexual harassment in an employment — and in an educational — setting. Sexual harassment may occur between professors and students; supervisors and their subordinates; or between peers.
DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The University of Southern California defines sexual harassment as an unwelcome sexual advance, a request for sexual favors, or any other verbal, physical or visual conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s academic evaluation or employment; or submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for any academic evaluation or employment decision affecting that individual. This is known as “quid pro quo.”
- Such conduct, intentionally or unintentionally, is severe or pervasive enough to create an objectively abusive or hostile work or academic environment. This describes an environment that a reasonable person would find abusive or hostile. Such conduct need not be directed at a particular individual.
To read the complete USC policy on sexual harassment, click here.
Eliminating sexual discrimination in the classroom
- Base statements about gender on accurate, reliable information.
- Respect all students. Avoid "humor" that demeans other people on the basis of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, just as you would avoid remarks that belittle people based on their race.
- Try to monitor your behavior toward or treatment of men and women in the classroom. Consider whether you call on women and men equally or whether you disproportionately interrupt one sex more than the other.
Things to consider
- Sexual harassment is not something anyone deserves.
- Consider communicating your dislike of behavior that makes you uncomfortable. Students are not required to speak up. The university will take the casem, even if the complainant didn't communicate his or her dislike.
- We welcome any documentation.
- You may file a formal complainit against a student with Student Judicial Affairs & Community Standards or against a staff, faculty, visitor or other appropriate parties with the Office of Equity & Diversity.
- Educate yourself about your options.
For more information
Office for Equity and Diversity, (213) 740-5086
The Office for Equity and Diversity investigates allegations of gender-based discrimination that involves faculty, staff, students, or applicants.
Title IX compliance for athletic programs
Donna Heinel, (213) 740-1636
USC Center for Women & Men, (213) 740-4900
USC Center for Women & Men provides education, counseling and advocacy on gender-based discrimination that is student-against-student, including sexual harassment.