Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Fairfield University is committed to providing an environment free from sexual harassment. If you have a concern about your interactions with a member of the University community, call Christine Brown, J.D., Title IX Sexual Harassment Coordinator at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3329 for more information and assistance about filing a complaint.

Definition of Sexual Harassment
According to guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Commission, the following behavior constitutes sexual harassment:

  • Submission to sexual advances is a condition of your employment or education;
  • Acceptance or rejection of these advances or comments affects your job status, your grades, or your professional advancement; or
  • Unwelcome sexual advances or comments interfere with your work or study.

Levels of Sexual Harassment

  • Gender Harassment: Generalized sexist remarks and behavior which convey insulting, degrading, or sexist attitudes.
  • Seductive Behavior: Unwanted, inappropriate, and offensive physical or verbal sexual advances.
  • Sexual Bribery: Solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promise of reward.
  • Sexual Coercion: Coercion of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by threat of punishment.
  • Sexual Assault: Assault or rape.

For more information or to make a complaint of sexual harrassment:
Contact Christine Brown, J.D., Title IX Coordinator, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3329


Title IX

Fairfield University has established policies and procedures to address discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment complaints by students and employees. Under Title IX, “sexual harassment” includes incidences of sexual misconduct.

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