What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, for example:

  • Sexual assault, rape, stalking, or relationship voilence.
  • Threats or insinuations that a person's status or other condition may be either adversely affected by not submitting to a sexual advance or positively affected by submitting to a sexual advance.
  • Unwelcomed verbal expressions of a sexual nature, including graphic sexual commentaries about a person's body, dress, appearance, or sexual activities; the unwelcomed use of sexually suggestive or insulting sounds or whistles; and obscene phone calls.
  • Sexually suggestive objects, pictures, videotapes, audio recordings or literature, placed in the work or study area, which may embarrass or offend individuals. Such material, if used in an educational setting, should be clearly and significantly related to educational purposes.
  • Suggestive or sexually explicit posters, calendars, photographs, graffiti, or cartoons, including those distributed electronically.
  • Offensive letters, email, text messages, posts on social networking sites, internet images or transmissions, or voicemail messages.


Students who, in good faith, report what they believe to be sexual harassment or who cooperate in any investigation, will not be subjected to retaliation. Any student who believes he or she has been the victim of retaliation for reporting sexual harassment or cooperating in an investigation should immediately contact McMurry's Title IX Coordinator or either of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators.