Balkinization blogger Mark Graber teaches at the University of Maryland, but it sounds like the mandatory sexual harrassment training program was written by the same folks who write the one we must endure take here at UCLA:
I am not a hugger. And I do not particularly like to be hugged. But I have friends and colleagues who are huggers. And so, I have experienced my fair share of unwanted hugs. Apparently, I learned after going through mandated sexual harassment training, I have been the victim of sexual harassment, perhaps even sexual violence. My school is clear that any “unwanted touching” is sexual harassment. There is no discussion of intention or of the preexisting relationship between the hugger and the huggee, or a great many other factors that might occur to a person with some common sense.
I just had a haircut. I would have to look the policy over again, but I think unwanted comments on my haircut are also sexual harassment. Since I could live without any comments on my haircut, I think our policy is being violated. ...
Perhaps I should be grateful. When I was at the University of Texas, some genius developed a sexual harassment policy that forbade all romantic relationships between faculty and graduate students, defined as anyone taking a graduate course. The policy was emphatic that no exceptions were to be made. This came as a surprise to some of us, given that among the faculty benefits at Texas at the time was that our spouses could take graduate courses for free.