What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual Harassment as defined and prohibited by the University of Notre Dame includes sexual assault, other sexual misconduct, and the creation of a hostile environment

Conduct that creates a hostile environment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: 
  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or a student’s status in a course, program or activity; 
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions; or
  • Viewed from the perspective of both the individual and a reasonable person in the same situation, the conduct interferes with performance, limits participation in University activities, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment.

Examples of conduct that may create a hostile environment include:

  • Unwelcome sexual jokes, language, epithets, advances or propositions;
  • The display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, magazines, posters or cartoons;
  • Comments about an individual’s body, sexual orientation, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies;
  • Sexually suggestive, insulting or obscene comments, gestures or conduct (such as leering or whistling); 
  • Offering or implying an offer of an education- or employment-related reward, such as a favorable review, grade, assignment, promotion, or continued employment, in exchange for sexual favors; or
  • Taking or threatening to take an adverse education- or employment-related action, such as an unfavorable review, grade or assignment, because sexual conduct or advances are rejected.

For the Notre Dame's full policy on Conduct that Creates a Hostile Environment (Sexual Harassment), please refer to du Lac: A Guide to Student Life.

Getting Help

A variety of confidential and other support resources are provided to students who have been affected by Sexual Harassment.

Reporting Options

Report an incident to the University by using the Speak Up online report form. Please know that the information you submit will be forwarded to the University's Deputy Title IX Coordinator for review during University business hours (Monday-Friday, 8AM – 5PM).