Student Handbook: Harassment Policy 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Bridgewater State University Statement Rating: Red

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Violations also include conduct less than a physical attack or interference that is intended to, or by inference can be construed as intended to, interfere with a person in the conduct of his or her customary or usual affairs, such as the sending of threatening letters, the posting of threatening letters explicitly or by inference directed to the person, the use of threatening language directed at another or the vandalism or misappropriation of a person’s property or vandalism of a person’s home (e.g. by graffiti).

Harassment includes but is not limited to verbal, physical or written abuse directed towards an individual or group on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, political belief or affiliation, marital status, gender identity or genetic information. Some examples, such as physical and verbal assaults, are easily identified. More difficult to label is the harassment hidden behind graffiti or insensitive words or statements, such as epithets or “jokes.” Both the blatant abuse and the more subtle harassment can be equally damaging.

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