Office of Institutional Equity

Sexual Harassment Policy

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has set forth policy concerning sexual harassment and sexual misconduct and strives to create a safe learning and working environment free from sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

We encourage you to report sexual violence, domestic violence dating violence and/or stalking via our online system, Vaqueros Sexual Harassment/Sexual Misconduct REPORT IT FORM

There are two forms of Sexual Harassment:

1. Quid Pro Quo

Occurs when the conduct “denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school’s education program” since:

  • A student believes he/she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct in order to participate in a school program or activity.
  • The employee will make an educational decision based on whether or not the student submits to unwelcome sexual conduct.

Example: An instructor threatens to fail a student unless the student agrees to date the instructor. For the working environment, a supervisor would threaten to dismiss or give a negative performance review unless the employee accedes to the supervisor's wishes.


2. Hostile Environment
When unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it:
  • Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity.
  • Creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment.

Example: An instructor repeatedly asks a student to stay after class and attempts to engage her in discussions about her personal dating experiences while they are alone, causing the student to stop coming to class.

Conduct may be repetitive (e.g. sexually suggestive comments or include a single, severe, isolated incident that creates a hostile environment (e.g. a sexual assault)

Some examples of Sexual Misconduct may include but are not limited to:
´Making sexual propositions or pressuring students or employees for sexual favors
´Unwelcome sexual advances
´Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
´Displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures or written materials
´Performing sexual gestures or touching oneself sexually in front of others
´Telling sexual or dirty jokes, making sexual innuendos
´Spreading sexual rumors about or rating other individuals as to sexual activity or performance
´Circulating or showing emails or websites of a sexual nature