Handbook of Operating Procedures: Speech, Expression and Assembly- Prohibited Expression 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Texas at Arlington Statement Rating: Yellow

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1. “Verbal harassment” means hostile or offensive speech, oral, written or symbolic that

a.  personally describes or is personally directed to one or more specific individuals; and

b.  is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by the University; and

c.  is not necessary to the expression of any idea described in paragraph 2 of this subsection.

2.   To make an argument for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological or academic idea is not verbal harassment even if some listeners are offended by the argument or idea. The categories of sexually harassing speech set forth by the UT Arlington Standards of Conduct Guide are rarely, if ever, necessary to argue for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological or academic idea.

3.  Verbal harassment may consist of threats, insults, epithets, ridicule, personal attacks or the categories of harassing sexual speech set forth by the UT Arlington Standards of Conduct Guide and is often based on the victim’s appearance, personal characteristics or group membership, including but not limited to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, ideology, political views or political affiliation.

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