Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance: Types of Harassment- Hostile Environment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Appalachian State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: July 29, 2014

Relevant excerpt

Different types of behaviors – verbal, non-verbal, gestures and physical contact – can create a hostile environment. Some behaviors that might constitute a hostile working, learning and/or living environment are:

  • showing demeaning photos, calendars, cartoons, or graphic content in a non-artistic work area where it is reasonably expected that co-workers could view them
  • persistently telling offensive stories or jokes that stereotype members on the basis of a protected category
  • making direct or indirect threats or bribes for unwanted sexual activity
  • persistently making sexually suggestive sounds or gestures
  • imposing religious beliefs on others, such as requiring members of a university team sport to recite a particular religion’s prayers before each practice or game
  • unwelcome, intrusive sexually explicit questions, touching, patting, pinching, stroking, squeezing, tickling or brushing against a person in a sexual manner

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