The Code

Part I: Student Rights

C. Right to Freedom from Harassment

A student has the right to be free from sexual or discriminatory harassment a) in any building or at any location on any university property, or b) that occurs in a building or on property that is not university property if the harassment arises from university activities that are being conducted off the university campus or if the harassment undermines the security of the university community or the integrity of the educational process, or poses a serious threat to self or others.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct or behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence (see definition). Both violent and non-violent sexual harassment is prohibited. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic (e.g. by e-mail, text, social media, etc.), or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment occurs when:

  1. submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual’s employment or academic standing or is used as the basis for employment decisions or for academic evaluation, grades, or advancement (quid pro quo), or when
  2. such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to limit or deny a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs or affects employment, creating a hostile environment.

Discriminatory harassment is defined as conduct that targets an individual based upon age, color, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran’s status and that adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s education, housing, or participation in a university activity; or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for academic pursuits, housing, or participation in university activities.

The Indiana University Sexual Misconduct Policy, as adopted by the Board of Trustees March 1, 2015, provides procedures for handling complaints concerning all forms of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment. Violations of discriminatory harassment policy are handled under existing procedures for handling complaints of discrimination.

Indiana University administrators are responsible for publicizing and implementing the university’s Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy and Sexual Misconduct Policy in their respective areas of jurisdiction. Students who believe that they are victims of discrimination may obtain information concerning the university’s applicable policies and procedures from the campus affirmative action officer, Title IX Coordinator, or the dean of students office.