Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures

University of Colorado Boulder

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C. Harassment: Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct related to one’s protected class that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment (See Hostile Environment as defined below).

D. Hostile Environment: Hostile environment is a form of harassment. Whether a hostile environment exists is determined from both a subjective and an objective perspective. The subjective perspective evaluates whether or not the complainant experienced unwelcome conduct. The objective perspective evaluates whether or not the unwelcome conduct was, from the perspective of a reasonable person in the alleged complainant’s position, sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the campus’s education or employment programs and/or activities. Mere offensive conduct is not enough to create a “hostile environment” as defined in this policy. Although repeated incidents increase the likelihood that harassment has created a hostile environment, a single or isolated incident of conduct based on protected class may be sufficient.