Student Handbook: Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity, and Anti-Harassment Policies and Procedures 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Skidmore College Statement Rating: Yellow

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Harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression*, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws occurs when an individual or group of individuals is targeted with oral, written, visual, or physical insults based on that person’s or group’s
protected status; and an individual or group of individuals is targeted with oral, written, visual, or physical insults based on that person’s or group’s protected status; and such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s or student’s work, professional or educational performance, productivity, physical security, living arrangements, extracurricular
activities, academic or career opportunities, services or benefits – or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.
When both circumstances identified above are present, examples of conduct constituting harassment could include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Intimidation, hostility, or rudeness
• Oral or written threats, derogatory comments, name-calling, or slurs
• Display of derogatory posters, photographs, cartoons, drawings
• Offensive gestures
• Assault, unwanted touching, or blocking normal movement

In particular, sexual harassment occurs when
• submission to the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic advancement (quid pro quo harassment),
• submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual (quid pro quo harassment), or
• the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee’s or student’s work, professional or educational performance, productivity, physical security, participation in living arrangements, extracurricular activities, academic or career
opportunities, services or benefits—or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work/educational environment.

This definition includes verbal, non-verbal, and physical harassment. The following examples of sexual harassment are intended to be instructive, but not inclusive:

Verbal Harassment may take oral or written form and may include profanity, sexual jokes, whistling, teasing, threats, or repeated unwelcome requests for a date.

Non-verbal Harassment may include staring, blowing kisses, winking, or displaying sexually suggestive material in the work area, in the classroom, in lockers, or as screen savers on one’s computer.

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