Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Sexual Harassment

It's offensive and it's against the law!

Sexual harassment violates federal and state law as well as the Texas A&M University-Kingsville policy. Because it is offensive and illegal, Texas A&M University-Kingsville regards such behavior as a violation of the standards of conduct required of all persons associated with the institution.

Sexual harassment is the introduction of sexual activities or comments into the work or learning situation. Often sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power and contains elements of coercion—as when compliance with request for sexual favors becomes a criterion for granting work, study, or grading benefits. However, sexual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behavior have harmful effects on a person's ability to study or work.

Forms of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual's employment or education; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning employment or educational environment. [1]

TAMUK policy provides that any faculty, staff, or student who are found to have engaged in sexual harassment, will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action by the University, up to and including dismissal. Furthermore, it is unlawful to retaliate against students, staff, or faculty members who file complaints of sexual harassment or who cooperate in an investigation of such a complaint. Retaliation against a person who, in good faith, reports alleged harassment or who participates in an investigation may be subject to appropriate discipline.

For more information on the elements of sexual harassment and strategies for dealing with harassment, give the Compliance Office a call. If you have been subjected to inappropriate behavior or comments of sexual nature, contact the Compliance Office immediately. All such contacts are handled in a confidential manner.

[1] Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, TAMUK, 

For more information, please call the Compliance Office at 593-4758.

This page was last updated on: August 20, 2014