"Purdue University is committed to maintaining an environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person, fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect, and encourages its members to strive to reach their potential" (University Regulations 2007-2008, pp. 29; http://www.purdue.edu/univregs/pages/state_equal/antiharassment.html). Sexual harassment, whether deliberate or not, damages this environment, making it difficult for members of the University community to pursue their goals, educational needs, and working lives. It also is against the law. Purdue's policy is to preserve a campus free from sexual harassment.
According to Purdue's University Regulations 2007-2008 (pp. 30, www.purdue.edu/univregs/pages/state_equal/antiharassment.html), sexual harassment is defined as "any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other written, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term condition of an individual's employment, education, or participation in a University activity;
- submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as thebasis for, or a factor in, decisions affecting that individual's employment, education, or participation in a University activity; or
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or academic performance or creating an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment for that individual's employment, education, or participation in a University activity."