Policy Manual: Harassment and Discrimination 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies, Statement School: Appalachian State University Statement Rating: Yellow

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Hostile Environment
is one that both a reasonable person would find hostile or abusive and one that the particular person who is the object of the harassment perceives to be hostile or abusive. Hostile environment is determined by looking at all of the circumstances, including the frequency of the allegedly harassing conduct, its severity, whether it is physically threatening or humiliating, and whether the conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, academic advancement, participation in extracurricular activities or access to University services. In some cases, a single incident may constitute harassment.
Examples of conduct that could create or contribute to hostile environment harassment may include:
Unwelcome jokes about disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, etc.
Offensive or degrading physical contact or coercive behavior, including stroking, patting or similar physical contact.
Pictures, posters, graffiti or written materials displayed in a workplace or classroom which are offensive or obscene.
Exclusion of individuals from meetings or University activities due to their religious beliefs or other protected class status.

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