Sexual Harassment

Legislative History: Extracted from 1982 Report of Presidential Advisory Committee. Approved by UEC: 1995/03/13; Approved by BPC: 1995/04/04; Date Effective: 1995/04/04; 1997/02/17.

Approval Authority: President

Signature: William A. Dimma, Susan Mann


Description: Applies to students, faculty and staff; Defines sexual harassment


Definition

York University strives to provide an environment wherein all students, faculty and staff are able to learn, study, teach and work, free from sexual harassment, including harassment on the basis of gender identification and sexual orientation.

Sexual harassment is:

  1. Unwanted sexual attention of a persistent or abusive nature, made by a person who knows or ought reasonably to know that such attention is unwanted;
  2. The making of an implied or express promise of reward for complying with a sexually oriented request;
  3. The making of an implied or express threat of reprisal, in the form of actual reprisal or the denial of opportunity, for refusal to comply with a sexually oriented request;
  4. Sexually oriented remarks and behaviour which may reasonably be perceived to create a negative psychological and emotional environment for work and study.

Incidents of sexual harassment, including harassment on the basis of gender identification and sexual orientation shall be investigated and dealt with by the University in accordance with guidelines and procedures put in place for that purpose from time to time.

Students, faculty and staff who, it is determined, have sexually harassed another member(s) of the University community will be subject to discipline and sanctions as are appropriate in the circumstances, including but not limited to discipline and sanctions provided for in Presidential Regulations (in the case of students), and relevant collective agreements.