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Sexual Harassment

The Women’s Resource Center supports and upholds the City University’s policy against Sexual Harassment by helping to promote a safe environment—free from exploitation and intimidation, for all students, faculty and staff. Sexual harassment is illegal under Federal, State, and City laws and is not tolerated by the University. Victims are encouraged to report any cases regarding sexual harassment and or discrimination.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, graphic and electronic communications or physical conduct that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual’s participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities. Sexual Harassment can occur within opposite sex or same sex relationships.

Most often sexual harassment encompasses an imbalance of power between the perpetrator and victim most often exploits a relationship between individuals in positions of unequal power. This includes, but is not limited to the harassment of a student by a faculty member or of an employee by a supervisor. Sexual harassment may also occur between fellow students or co-workers, or in a circumstance in which the harasser appears to have less power than the person being harassed (for example, a student harassing a faculty member).

There are two forms of sexual harassment that are recognized legally, quid pro quo and hostile environment. Quid pro quo, Latin for “this for that”, occurs when an individual uses his/her position of power to pressure another person to meet their sexual demands. The hostile environment form involves repeated offensive behavior or comments create an unpleasant or intimidating environment that as a result, interferes with a student’s ability to learn or an employee’s ability to work.

Examples of Sexual Harassment include, but not limited to the following:

  • Sexual comments, teasing, and jokes
  • Sexual slurs, demeaning epithets, derogatory statements
  • Graphic or sexual suggestive comments especially
  • Inquiries or discussions about sexual activities
  • Pressure to accept invitations
  • Physical touching or brushing, and grabbing
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic/Intimate Partner/ Dating Violence
  • Stalking

What should you do if you’ve been Sexually Harassed?

Click Here for a list of the Sexual Harassment Awareness & Intake Committee (SHAIC) members

Visit our Resources page for more information and resources.

Learn more about BMCC’s and CUNY’s Sexual Harassment policies.

Women's Resource Center

199 Chambers Street, Room S340
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8165

Debbie O. Parker Director
(212) 220-8165

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.