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Sexual Harassment

It is unlawful and against UB policy to harass anyone because of that person's sex.  UB acts promptly to remedy sexual harassment and prevent its recurrence. 

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is severe, pervasive or persistent enough to create a hostile or intimidating work environment.  It can include physical touching, verbal comments, non-verbal conduct such as leering or emails, or a combination of these things.  Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to:

  • Seeking sexual favors or relationships in return for the promise of a favorable grade or academic opportunity
  • Conditioning an employment-related action (such as hiring, promotion, salary increase, or performance appraisal) on a sexual favor or relationship
  • intentional and undesired physical contact, sexually explicit language or writing, lewd pictures or notes, and other forms of sexually offensive conduct by individuals in position of authority, co-workers or student peers, that unreasonably interferes with the ability of a person to perform his or her employment or academic responsibilities.

It is important to note that behavior in the workplace or classroom may fall short of the legal standard for sexual harassment, but still may be addressed as unprofessional and/or inappropriate.

If you are experiencing behavior that is causing you to be uncomfortable at work, in class or anywhere on campus, it is important that you contact us at (716) 645-2266 to explore your options.  You may call anonymously if you are more comfortable doing so.

Instructor/Student Relationships

UB's Faculty Code of Conduct prohibits sexual relationships between faculty members and students whom they have, or could reasonably anticipate to have, academic responsibility (instructional, evaluative, supervisory).  In the event of a pre-existing relationship, it is required that the faculty member disclose the relationship to the department chair or other appropriate administrator, who will make alternative arrangements for evaluation and if possible, instruction and supervision.