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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is same-sex harassment illegal?

A. Yes. Harassment on the basis of a person's gender or sex is illegal. Comments or conduct of a sexual or romantic nature and/or abusive comments or conduct based on gender, gender identity, sex (including pregnancy or breastfeeding), or sexual orientation that are unwanted or unwelcome can be sexual harassment. Males can harass males and females can harass females. The victim of sexual harassment does not have to be of the opposite sex.


Q. What is a "hostile work/study environment?"

A. This type of harassment occurs when an employee, student, faculty member, or visitor is subjected to comments or conduct of a sexual nature, offensive sexual materials, or unwelcome physical contact as a regular part of the working/studying environment. This may include several incidents, or one incident that may rise to the level of harassment if it reasonably interferes with someone's work or study environment. Supervisors, managers, co-workers, students, faculty, staff, and visitors can be responsible for creating a hostile work/study environment.


Q. I am an employee of Memorial University and I had an intimate relationship with a co-worker. I ended the relationship. If that co-worker harasses me, can I still bring a claim forward for sexual harassment?

A. A sexual harassment claim is based on unwelcome/unwanted comments or conduct. If you have made it clear to your co-worker that you have no further romantic interest in him or her, any unwelcome sexual attention directed at you may be dealt with under the University-Wide Procedures for Sexual Harassment Concerns and Complaints. You should make it very clear to your co-worker that the attention is unwelcome. A prior relationship will not excuse his or her harassment.


Q. What should I do if I think I am being sexually harassed?

A. A person who thinks they have been subject to sexual harassment should meet with the Sexual Harassment Advisor. You can contact the Advisor by email at or by telephone 864 - 2015. You can make an appointment to speak with the Advisor by contacting the Sexual Harassment Office at 864 - 8199. We are located in the Earth Sciences Building, ER 6039. Also, there is further information located on this website under Resources.