Student Handbook: Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Macalester College Statement Rating: Green

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In general, harassment includes any verbal, written, or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with or deprives someone with academic, social or work-related access, benefits, or opportunities in the College community. Harassment that is directed at a person’s actual or perceived race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or any other characteristic or behavior is prohibited at Macalester. Sexual harassment, specifically, is harassment of this nature that is gender-based. That is gender-based verbal or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with or deprives someone of educational access, benefits, or opportunities.

What are often called hate incidents, may also be a form of harassment. Hate incidents are words or actions that target, threaten, or attack an individual or group because of their actual or perceived race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. It becomes harassment when these words or deeds unreasonably interfere with or deprive someone of educational access, benefits, or opportunities.

For a behavior to be termed as harassment, it must be pervasive and constitute a pattern rather than 1-2 isolated incidents or have a pattern and/or degree of severity that the behavior reasonably interferes with or deprives the targeted person of employment, educational access, benefits, or opportunity.

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