UAct: Information & Questions- Harassment

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What is harassment?

Harassment is abusive or hostile conduct which is directed toward or inflicted upon another person because of his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status and which, because of its severity or pervasiveness, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates a hostile or abusive work or learning environment for that individual’s work, education, or participation in a University activity.

Harassment is typically based on stereotyped prejudices and includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, objectionable epithets, or other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct that demeans, insults, or intimidates an individual because of his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

What types of behavior could be considered harassment?

Harassment that is defined as not being of a sexual nature includes the following:

  • Actions or statements that threaten harm or intimidation to others.
  • An act that invades the privacy of another person.
  • Bullying behaviors, defined as a repeated infliction of physical or psychological distress by way of teasing, social exclusion, threats, intimidation, stalking, violence, theft, harassing communication or destruction of property.
  • Any action or statement via social media, computer or other data network that may be perceived as harmful, threatening, or intimidating.

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