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EOC Glossary

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Sex (Protected Group)
  Specifically male or female.
 
Sex discrimination
  Sex discrimination - Discriminatory conduct or actions based on sex or pregnancy, as it relates to conditions of employment, benefits, pay, and opportunities for advancement.
 
Sex reassignment
  Sex reassignment - Refers to surgical alteration, which is a part of "transition."
 
Sexual Battery/Sexual Assault/Rape
  The oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object, without consent. Sexual battery does not include acts done for a bona fide medical purpose. Sexual Battery is rape.
 
Sexual Harassment
  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed at an employee or student by another when:
  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, academic status, receipt of University services, participation in University activities and programs, or affects the measure of a student's academic performance; or,
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for a decision affecting employment, academic status, receipt of services, participation in University activities and programs, or the measure of a student's academic performance; or,
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with employment opportunities, work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
 
Sexual Misconduct
  Any sexual act that occurs without the consent of the victim, or that occurs when the victim is unable to give consent; or sexually obscene or indecent behavior, such as exposure of one's sexual organs (in non-consensual circumstances) or the display of sexual behavior that would reasonably be offensive to others. Sexual Misconduct includes a broad range of behaviors including, but not limited to: rape/sexual battery; sexual assault; sexual harassment; domestic violence; dating violence; sexually-motivated stalking; audio recording, video recording, or watching sexual activity without consent (even if the sexual activity itself was consensual); or sharing such recordings without consent.
 
Sexual Orientation
  Sexual orientation - The scientifically accurate term for an individual's enduring physical, romantic, emotional and/or spiritual attraction to members of the same and/or opposite sex, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual orientations. (Closeted describes a person who is not open about his or her sexual orientation.)
 
Sexual Violence
  A range of criminal sexual or sexually motivated misconduct including rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence/intimate partner violence, and stalking.
 
Stalking
  Willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly following, harassing, or cyberstalking another person. Cyberstalk means to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.
 
Statistical Evidence
  Evidence that explains or analyzes the meaning of numerical differences in selection rates, wages, or other employment decisions between one group and others who were similarly situated. Statistical evidence also may be used to show which factors did or did not affect selection decisions, wages, or other employment decisions.
 
Systemic Discrimination
  Employment policies or practices that serve to differentiate or to perpetuate a differentiation in terms or conditions of employment of applicants or employees because of their status as members of a particular group. Such policies or practices may or may not be facially neutral, and intent to discriminate may or may not be involved. Systemic discrimination, sometimes called class discrimination or a pattern or practice of discrimination, concerns a recurring practice or continuing policy rather than an isolated act of discrimination.
 


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Marital Status (Protected Group)
  Whether an individual is single or married.
 
Quid Pro Quo (Sexual Harassment)
  "This for that," ie. Demanding sexual favors in exchange for promotions, a raise or good grades.
 
Veteran's Status (Protected Group)
  Vietnam era veterans, special disabled veterans, and veterans who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.
 
Sexual Orientation
  Sexual orientation - The scientifically accurate term for an individual's enduring physical, romantic, emotional and/or spiritual attraction to members of the same and/or opposite sex, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual orientations. (Closeted describes a person who is not open about his or her sexual orientation.)
 
Sex discrimination
  Sex discrimination - Discriminatory conduct or actions based on sex or pregnancy, as it relates to conditions of employment, benefits, pay, and opportunities for advancement.
 
Sex reassignment
  Sex reassignment - Refers to surgical alteration, which is a part of "transition."