Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Freedom of Expression- Harassment

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Harassment is defined as engaging in conduct that a reasonable person in similar circumstances would find as creating a hostile environment or depriving another person of the ability to fully participate in the programs or opportunities of the College. Harassment can take many forms, such as words, visual images, gestures, or other verbal and physical contact, whether in person, by telephone, or other electronic means. Harassment may consist of a single, sufficiently severe incident or the cumulative result of a series of pervasive incidents. A reasonable person is defined as a hypothetical person who exercises average care, skill, and judgment in analysis and who serves as a comparative standard for determining accountability.

Bullying and cyberbullying are forms of harassment that uses an imbalance of power to intimidate, threaten, or cause emotional or physical harm.