Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedure 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Athens State University Statement Rating: Red

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For the purposes of this policy, harassment is any conduct consisting of words or actions that are unwelcome or offensive to a person in relation to race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status. Harassment occurs when it is known, or ought reasonably to be known, that the comments or conduct are unwelcome.

Examples of harassment include but are not limited to: gestures, remarks, jokes, taunting, innuendo, display of offensive materials, threats, imposition of academic penalties, hazing, stalking, shunning or exclusion related to the discriminatory or harassing grounds. Harassing words or comments may be in verbal, printed, or electronic form.

As defined by this policy, sexual harassment includes but is not limited to: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment occurs when … the conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance, or when the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of situations, including but not limited to:

4. Continued or repeated sexual jokes, kidding, teasing, flirtation, advances, or propositions.
5. Verbal or written abuse of a sexual nature.
6. Graphic verbal or written commentary or questions concerning an individual’s body, clothing, sexual activity, or sexual orientation.
7. Sexually degrading or vulgar words to describe an individual.
8. Leering, whistling, or suggestive, insulting, or obscene comments or gestures.
9. Derogatory or demeaning comments about gender, whether sexual or not.
10. Harassment consistently targeted at only one sex, even if the conduct is not sexual, such as name calling, gossip, comments, or jokes that are derogatory toward a particular sex.

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