Federal and state laws and Colgate policy prohibit discrimination and harassment based on legally protected categories. However, as a supportive and collegial community, Colgate also prohibits bias-related student behavior that demeans or humiliates other community members even if the conduct is not so egregious as to violate the law. Harassing conduct can occur in various forms, including: … Verbal – such as unwelcome sexually suggestive, demeaning or graphic comments, using ethnic, racial, religious or other slurs to refer to a person, or jokes or comments that demean a person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. … Visual – such as exposing another person to unwanted pornographic images, creating or displaying racially, ethnically, religiously offensive pictures, symbols, cartoons, or graffiti. Communication-based – such as phone calls, emails, text messages, chats or blogs that offend, demean or intimidate another on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability.
Colgate reserves the right to remedy harassment pursuant to this policy even if the behavior in question does not rise to the
level of legally recognized or actionable discrimination or harassment.