[T]he University reaffirms the right of its students to live and learn, and its employees to teach and work, in an environment free from harassment and inappropriate and/or offensive comments or conduct, as described below.
To be unlawful, conduct must be sufficiently serious that it unreasonably interferes with an employee’s ability to work or a student’s ability to learn or benefit from the University’s programming. The University does not, however, condone or tolerate any inappropriate conduct, whether by employees or non-employees, based on a person’s race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or any category protected under federal,
state or local law.
Harassing conduct may include but is not limited to the following, when based on or because of a protected characteristic as described above:
* Jokes, epithets, stereotypes or slurs.
* Foul or abusive language.
* Offensive graffiti, cartoons or posters.
* Insulting or derogatory nicknames.
* Mimicking another.
* Starting or spreading rumors.
* Teasing about religious or cultural observances, retirement, age, ability to learn, or absenteeism.
* Threatening or offensive mail, e-mail, voicemail or messages.