#That’s Harassment

Sexual Harassment is defined as any unwelcome verbal, written, pictorial, online and/or physical conduct that is based on sex and/or gender or that is sexual in nature.

Below are a few examples of things that could be considered sexual harassment if unwanted:


  • Repeated unsolicited propositions for dates and/or sexual activities
  • Asking about sexual fantasies
  • Sexually provocative comments about a person’s appearance (hair style, clothing etc.)
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Veiled suggestions of sexual activities
  • Making sexual jokes or references
  • Remarks/comments about a another person’s body


  • Unwelcome physical contact, including hugging, touching, rubbing, patting, pinching, another’s body
  • Licking lips, winking, throwing kisses
  • Displaying sexually suggestive pictures, calendars, posters, statues etc.
  • Persistent and unwelcome flirting
  • Staring at an individual or looking a person up an down
  • Eating or holding food in a provocative way

Quid Pro Quo:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a person having power or authority over another when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, educational benefits, academic grades or opportunities, living environment or participation in a University activity.

  • Implying exchanging sexual favors for preferential treatment

If you are interested in learning more about JCU’s Sexual Harassment and Interpersonal Violence policy and procedures, please click the link below: