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What is Sexual Harassment?

Student Wellness - Sexual Misconduct


Sexual Harassment is defined  in both the Respectful Workplace and Learning Environment Policy and the Human Rights Code as:

  • A series of objectionable and unwelcome sexual solicitations or advances;
  • A sexual solicitation or advance made by a person who is in a position to confer any benefit on, or deny any benefit to, the recipient of the solicitation or advance, if the person making the solicitation knows or ought to have known it was unwelcome, or;
  • A reprisal or threat of reprisal for rejecting a sexual solicitation or advance.

The following are just a few examples of what may be considered as sexual harassment:

  • Direct proposition of a sexual nature and/or subtle pressure for sexual activity, unwanted physical contact that unreasonably interferes with a person’s work, academic or educational environment
  • Sexual epithets or jokes; references to sexual conduct; sexualized comments about a person’s body, appearance or sexual activity, experiences, deficiencies, or prowess
  • Leering, whistling, sexual gestures, suggestive or insulting comments, threats, or innuendos of a sexual nature
  • Unwanted physical contact, including blocking or impeding movements
  • Gender harassment, including sexist statements and behaviour that convey insulting, degrading, sexist behaviours
  • Persistent and unwanted communication; any other unwelcomed behaviours or conduct
  • Direct or implied threats that indicate that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status, promotion, grades, or letters of recommendation
  • The display of inappropriate sexually oriented materials in a location where others can view them
  • Any form of sexual exploitation

Sexual Harassment is prohibited at the University of Winnipeg, and under the Manitoba Human Rights Code. If you have experienced any form of sexual harassment, you have the option to   report the incident through the University or with the Manitoba Human Rights commissioner.