Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Discriminatory Harassment

University of Rhode Island

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Discriminatory Harassment is a form of discrimination consisting of unwelcome verbal, written, graphic or physical conduct that:

  1. Is directed at an individual or group of individuals on the basis of the individual or group of individuals’ actual or perceived protected status, or affiliation or association with person(s) within a protected status (as defined herein above); and
  2.  Is sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to interfere with an individual’s employment, education, or academic environment or participation in institution programs or activities and creates working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, offensive, or hostile.

To constitute prohibited harassment, the conduct must be both objectively and subjectively harassing in nature. Harassment may include but not be limited to verbal or physical attacks, threats, slurs, or derogatory or offensive comments that meet the definition set forth herein.