Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities: Chapter 13- Speech, Expression, and Assembly: Harassment

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"Harassment" means hostile or threatening conduct or speech, whether oral, written, or symbolic, that.

  1. is not necessary to the expression of any idea described in Subsection 13–204(b)(2);
  2. is sufficiently severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive to create an objectively hostile or threatening environment that interferes with or diminishes the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the University; and
  3. personally describes or is personally directed to one or more specific individuals.
  4. When harassment is sex or gender based, the definitions for quid pro quo and hostile environment harassment, set out in Handbook of Operating Procedure 3-3031(V)(B), apply over this policy's harassment provision.


Verbal harassment may consist of threats, insults, epithets, ridicule, personal attacks, or the categories of harassing sexual speech set forth in Policies 3-3031 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures.