Sexual Harassment

What is Sexual Harassment?
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

    • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other university activity,


    • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluating an individual,


    • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance, or creating an intimidating or hostile university environment.

Sexual Harassment May Include:

    • Derogatory remarks about one's clothing, body, or sexual activities based on gender
    • Disparaging remarks, jokes, and teasing based on gender
    • Verbal harassment or abuse
    • Subtle pressure for sexual activity
    • Unnecessary touching, patting, or pinching
    • Demanding sexual favors accompanied by overt threats concerning such things as one's job, grades, letters of recommendation, or promotion
    • Physical assault

UCSB Procedures for Sexual Harassment Complaints

Federal and state laws, as well as University of California system wide and Santa Barbara campus policies, prohibit sexual harassment in an educational setting. As members of the university community, UCSB Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) faculty and students are governed by these same policies. Grievance procedures designed specifically for this form of discrimination apply to students in regular UCSB courses and in UCSB PaCE courses. UCSB procedures for sexual harassment complaints are available on the Office of Equal Opportunity page. Further information/assistance can be obtained from Ariana C. Alvarez, Associate Director and Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance, University of California, 3217A Phelps Hall, (805) 893-2546.

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