Harassment is behaviour which serves no legitimate purpose and which the instigator knows, or ought reasonably to know, has the effect of creating an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive environment.

Examples include but are not limited to: bullying, intimidation, coercion, physical assault, vexatious or malicious comment, or the abuse of power, authority or influence.  Behaviour conducted in whole or in part through electronic means... shall be included within this definition.  The reasonable exercise of administrative or academic authority does not of itself constitute harassment.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment: Conduct of a sexual nature such as, but not limited to, verbal abuse or threats of a sexual nature, unwelcome sexual invitations or requests, demands for sexual favours, or repeated innuendos or taunting about a person's body, appearance or sexual orientation, constitutes sexual harassment when:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, academic status or academic accreditation, or
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment, or for academic performance, status or accreditation decisions affecting such individual, or
  • such conduct interferes with an individual's work or academic performance, or
  • such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment