Holy Cross is committed not only to enforcing the law but also to protecting the community from any form of harassment that serves to degrade the status of another human being. Most often, harassment objectifies a personal attribute, singling it out for ridicule, attack, or disparagement. Examples include, but are not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap, veteran or other protected status. It may include physical contact such as touching or patting, written or verbal comments or suggestions, obscene or offensive jokes or pictures, hostile or threatening gestures, or other forms of degradation. Though harassment is often malicious in intent, even thoughtless or unpremeditated behavior can have the effect of harassment.