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Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is conduct that is severe or pervasive, which explicitly or implicitly interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working/academic environment.

No employee, student or visitor may sexually harass any member of the university community. Additionally, the university complies with Title IX. Therefore, no employee or student may face barriers to participation in UMass Lowell’s programs and services because of gender. These prohibited barriers include sexual harassment and sexual violence.

For information about sexual or dating relationships between faculty and their students, or between employees and their supervisor, please see Consensual Relationships (pdf).

Also, it is unlawful to retaliate against any person who brings a complaint or is a witness in a complaint of sexual harassment. For example, even if, after an investigation, it is found that a person's claim of sexual harassment is not substantiated, it is improper and unlawful to take any action to "get even" with the complaining party, whether through his or her employment or academic status, or by any threats, or by any other means.

Responsible Reporting Employee

If a Responsible Reporting Employee knew or reasonably should know that sexual harassment was taking place, he or she is required to respond by taking action to stop the behavior, and reporting it to Equal Opportunity and Outreach.

Additionally, responsible reporting employees must take reasonable proactive steps to become aware of potential incidents, which must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.

Whether or not a university employee or student is a responsible reporting employee, all members of the university community are encouraged to practice bystander awareness and to report possible Title IX violations.

Workplace and Educational Environment

UMass Lowell is required to take every measure to prevent sexual harassment and retaliatory harassment. The practical responsibility for preventing discrimination lies with each member of the community, including you.

Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace or educational environment. UMass Lowell has policies and support structures to enable everyone on campus to work and learn in an environment free of harassment.

Please refer to the Definitions section. For more information please refer these documents: