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University Policy Manual: Policy AD91 Discrimination and Harassment, and Related Inappropriate Conduct

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

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CONDUCT PROHIBITED BY THIS POLICY (“Prohibited Conduct”):

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Harassment. Behavior consisting of physical or verbal conduct, including Acts of Bias, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive such that it substantially interferes with an individual’s employment, education or access to University programs, activities or opportunities and would detrimentally affect a reasonable person under the same circumstances. Harassment may include, but is not limited to, verbal or physical attacks, graphic or written statements, threats, or the use of slurs or other derogatory language/statements in reference to others. Whether the alleged conduct constitutes prohibited Harassment depends on the totality of the particular circumstances, including the nature, frequency, and duration of the conduct in question, the location and context in which it occurs, and the status of the individuals involved. Harassment also includes conduct, excluding conduct of a physical or sexual nature, which occurs within a romantic or intimate relationship when it would have the effect on a reasonable person of creating fear, isolation, or unreasonable power or control over access to resources, education, or work.