Employee Dignity/Harassment/Discrimination: Sec. 8-701. Employee and Student Dignity.

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The University expects all students and employees to conduct themselves with dignity and respect for students, employees and others. It is each individual's responsibility to behave in a civil manner and to make responsible choices about the manner in which they conduct themselves.


Racial harassment includes any conduct, physical or verbal, that victimizes or stigmatizes an individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, or national origin. Such behavior could involve any of the following.

  • The use of physical force or violence to restrict the freedom of action or movement of another person or to endanger the health or safety of another person;
  • Physical or verbal conduct, intentional or otherwise, that has the purpose or effect of (or explicitly or implicitly threatens) interference with an individual's personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in University-sponsored activities; or
  • Conduct that has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, learning or living environment.


Based on the definition contained in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines, sexual harassment is defined as any of the following: ... Unwelcome verbal or other conduct that has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a person's working conditions or that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.