Activity (verbal, written, graphic, and/or physical) that
is threatening in nature or any form of harassment is prohibited. This can include, but is not limited to: posting or distributing material and/or behaving in a manner that is offensive and may contribute to a hostile environment; putting offensive posters/pictures in areas available to public views, including windows or common areas; using e-mail or other electronic messaging, voice mail, message boards, mail, computer networks or other mediums to convey obscene or otherwise objectionable messages
or materials; writing graffiti in residence buildings or encouraging or engaging in offensive acts or behavior; and repeatedly following or attempting to make unwanted contact with another person.
Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: (1) continued or
repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature; (2) repeated offensive sexual flirtations,
advances, propositions; (3) graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body;
(4) sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; and (5) sexual
The following types of behavior are examples of what may constitute sexual harassment:
* Verbal harassment including sexually offensive or chauvinistic language that is
severe and pervasive
* Inappropriate remarks about another’s body, clothing or sexual activities
* Subtle or overt pressure for sexual activity
* Inappropriate touching, patting or pinching
* Leering or ogling another’s body
* Generalized sexist remarks or behavior
* Inappropriate and offensive uninvited sexual advances
* Solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promise of reward
* Sexual assault
* Coercion of sexual activity by threat of punishment
Hostile environment sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other conduct of a sexual nature or disparaging comments that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or learning or creating an intimidating, hostile, abusive or offensive work or learning environment. This includes:
1. Gender harassment: generalized sexist statements and behavior that convey insulting or degrading attitudes about women. Examples include insulting remarks, offensive graffiti, whistling at someone, cat calls, obscene jokes or humor about sex or women in general.
Sex-related comments or gestures: comments or gestures with sexual content or sexual implications: Examples include sexual teasing, jokes, remarks or questions, personal questions about sexual life, kissing sounds, howling and smacking lips, simulating sexual acts, facial expressions, winking, throwing kisses or licking lips, spreading rumors or telling lies about a person’s personal sex life or performance; touching oneself sexually or talking about one’s sexual activity in front of others; turning discussions to sexual topics, asking about sexual fantasies, preferences or history, making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements, staring, looking a person up and down (elevator eyes).
The term “harassment” includes but is not limited to: slurs, jokes, or other graphic or physical conduct relating to a student’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability.
Examples of discrimination or harassment may include …
Jokes or epithets about a person’s
protected status; Teasing or practical
jokes directed at a person based on his or
her protected status; … Verbal
abuse or insults about, directed at, or made
in the presence of an individual or group
of individuals in a protected group.
Any slurs, innuendoes, or other verbal or physical conduct reflecting on an individual’s
race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status,
or disability which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive educational or work environment; has the purpose or effect of unreasonably
interfering with the individual’s work or school performance or participation; or
otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.
Other examples of sexual harassment:
Sexual remarks, innuendoes, jokes or comments; suggestive or obscene gestures or body movements; repeated requests for dates, after you have expressed disinterest; sexual graffiti or visuals such as calendars or posters; unwanted touching, grabbing, massaging, hugging or patting; pressure or repeated requests for unwanted social or sexual activity; spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality; unwanted emails that are sexually suggestive; threatens to lower your grades if you don’t accept any of the above.
Examples of conduct that may constitute or support a finding of harassment in
violation of this policy include, but are not limited to, the following types of behavior:
• Display of offensive material or objects.
• Suggestive or insulting gestures, sounds or whistles.
• In some instances, innuendo or other suggestive, offensive or derogatory
comments or jokes about sex, gender-specific traits, or other protected
categories listed in Section I above.
• Extortion, overt threats or intimidation.
• Obscene or harassing messages sent via computer or left on an answering
machine or voice mail.
Examples of harassing behavior are cited below. […]
1. The use of racial slurs or derogatory names directed at individuals which convey hatred to contempt for persons on the basis of the attributes listed above.
2. The creation of graffiti which conveys hatred or contempt for persons on the basis of the attributes listed above.
3. The display of symbols which are commonly understood to convey hatred or contempt for persons on the basis of the attributes listed above.
4. The use of telephone, electronic mail or paper mail (whether signed or anonymous) to convey hatred or contempt for persons on the basis of the attributes listed above.