Sexual Harassment & Assault

All members of the UD community share the responsibility of providing a working, learning, and living environment free from harassment.
Defining Sexual Harassment 

Sexual harassment is a form of discriminatory harassment that can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault. Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, can involve persons of the same or opposite sex.

Read the full Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harrassment Policy from the University of Dayton. Sexual harassment is defined in Section IV.A.1 of the policy.

Effects of Sexual Harassment (& Assault)

The effects of sexual harassment vary from person to person and are dependent on the duration and severity of the harassing behavior. Thus, individuals can suffer through a number of psychological effects ranging from irritation and frustration to anxiety, stress, and terror. Individuals may fear retaliation and victim blaming. As we are a small community, there can be concern for coming forward and making a complaint for implications to one’s career or academic pursuits. There can be a tremendous fear of retaliation and backlash, not only institutionally, but also to the community of one’s specific discipline or career path. 

Reporting Sexual Harrassment (& Assault)

Whether you are a student, faculty, or staff member, you have the right to file a complaint (whether identified or anonymous) through the university. Please go to the Nondiscrimination Resource Page for information on options and resources available to you.

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