HR0280 – Sexual Harassment

Effective: February 1, 1994

To establish and define the university policy against sexual harassment of its employees.

  1. The University of Tennessee unequivocally opposes the sexual harassment of its employees. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated and will be grounds for disciplinary action. In accordance with federal regulations, sexual harassment is defined as follows:Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: 1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment; 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that individual; or 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
  2. The university prohibits any retaliatory action against an employee for opposing an action that he or she believes to be sexual harassment, including the filing of an internal complaint or grievance or a charge with a state or federal civil rights enforcement agency.
  3. Each unit will provide training for its employees on what constitutes sexual harassment and will provide a procedure to handle complaints of sexual harassment and other complaints of discrimination.

Knoxville/Institute of Agriculture:
Health Science Center:
Space Institute:
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