Sexual harassment refers to behavior with sexual connotations that violates the personal rights of another person, in particular:
sexual acts and conduct subject to criminal prosecution;
unwanted sexual advances, irrespective of whether these are accompanied by promises of advantages or threats of disadvantages;
unwanted bodily contact, requests for sexual acts and intrusive behavior;
salacious comments, especially about a person’s appearance and physical attributes;
the intentional or unintentional display and distribution of pornographic material against the will of the recipient.
Sexual harassment is prohibited under the Gender Equality Act and the regulations on protection of personal integrity at the University of Basel. Of course serious offences such as physical assault, coercion or rape are also relevant under criminal law.