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

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Texas at El Paso Statement Rating: Green

Relevant excerpt

No person shall make, distribute, or display on the campus any statement that constitutes verbal harassment of any other person. This section applies to all speech on the campus, including speech that is part of teaching, research, or other official functions of the University. “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 2.2.4.1.1 below.

2.2.4.1.1 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 in Section V: Human Resources and Equal Opportunity of this Handbook are rarely, if ever, necessary to argue for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological, or academic idea.

Verbal harassment may consist of threats, insults, epithets, ridicule, personal attacks, or the categories of harassing sexual speech set forth in Section V: Human Resources and Equal Opportunity of this Handbook 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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