What is sexual harassment?
Please reference the University of New Hampshire's Discriminatory Harassment Policy for further information.
Sexual harassment can occur in a number of ways, such as:
- Both the person experiencing the harassment as well as the one engaging in the harassing behaviors can be of any gender identity or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment can occur between any individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
- The harasser can be anyone: the victim's supervisor, a client, a co-worker, a teacher or professor, a student, a stranger, even a family member.
- The harasser's behavior must be unwelcome.
- The victim does not have to be the person directly harassed but can be anyone who finds the behavior offensive and is affected by it.
- While adverse effects on the victim are common, this does not have to be the case for the behavior to be unlawful.
- The harasser may be completely unaware that their behavior is offensive or constitutes sexual harassment, or they may be completely unaware that their actions could be unlawful.
How to Get Help
Anyone in the UNH community can get help at SHARPP by visiting us during our office hours (Monday - Friday), calling our 24/7 Helpline (603) 862- SAFE, or utilizing our confidential webchat and text features.
If you're unsure whether a certain type of behavior is sexual harassment or want more information, contact SHARPP for confidential and free support. We can assist students, faculty, and staff who have been sexually harassed. Our services include support, information and referrals.