Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment

The University of Alaska would like to reaffirm to faculty, students, and staff that appropriate steps should be taken, if confronted with inappropriate behavior. Preventing sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence or any other type of sexual misconduct is a responsibility we all share.

Sexual Harassment is illegal. It is a form of sex discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. There are two forms of sexual harassment:  Quid Pro Quo (something for something)

  • Requiring sexual favors in exchange for hiring, a promotion, a raise, or a grade.
  • Disciplining, demoting, or firing an employee because of an ending consensual relationship.
  • Refusing to write recommendations for a graduate student because the student refuses sexual advances.
  • Changing work or academic assignments because an employee or student refuses invitations for a date or other private, social meetings.

Hostile Environment

  • Sexual conduct that interferes with an individual's work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Sexual Harassment may include:

  • Inappropriate jokes
  • Inappropriate comments
  • Unwelcome pressures for dates
  • Touching, cornering, and pinching
  • Attempts to kiss or fondle
  • Threats