Policy Violation on the basis of Race – occurs when differences in employment/academic decisions are based upon the employee’s/student’s race. Conduct prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to, the use of racial slurs, graffiti, or ethnic jokes that create a hostile or abusive working environment.
Typically, a hostile environment is created only when the discrimination or harassment is severe and alters the conditions of the victim’s employment/academic environment. The occasional improper comment and/or joke, generally, will not create such a hostile
environment and/or be indicative of racial discrimination unless such conduct is severe, pervasive, and/or occurs on a frequent basis.
Examples of age related discrimination includes, but is not limited to, characterizations, stereotypes, jokes, or insults regarding the employee’s/student’s age, poor health, and/or medical conditions, forced retirement, and the use of any derogatory terms regarding age.
Policy Violation on the basis of Sexual Orientation – occurs when employment/academic decisions are based upon or biased because the employee’s/student’s sexual orientation is or is perceived to be heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Examples of conduct prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to, offensive language, mockery, verbal threats, damage to personal property, and physical violence or harassment.