Sex discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, defined as the use of
one's authority or power, either explicitly or implicitly, to coerce another
into unwanted sexual relations or to punish another for his or her refusal, or
as the creation by a member of the University community of an intimidating,
hostile or offensive working or educational environment through verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature, shall be a violation of the University's
human rights policy. (University Handbook, Vol. IV, p.44).
While most harassment involves men harassing women, either men or women can be
harassed by members of the same or opposite sex. The University of Washington
policy prohibits all forms of sexual harassment. The University will carry out
a thorough investigation, protecting the rights of both the person complaining
and the alleged harasser.
The University has been very successful in resolving
sexual harassment complaints. If you believe you are being harassed, seek help
the earlier the better. The University has designated special people to help
you. Call the University Ombudsman and Ombudsman for Sexual Harassment at
543-0283 or 543-6028, or the University Complaint Investigation and
Resolution Office at 616-2028.