Discriminatory harassment constitutes a form of discrimination that is prohibited by Barnard policy. Discriminatory harassment is defined as harassment by any member or group of the community on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a class protected by policy or law.
A hostile environment is one type of discriminatory effect. A hostile environment is defined as one that unreasonably interferes with, limits, or effectively denies an individual’s educational or employment access, benefits, or opportunities. This discriminatory effect results from harassing verbal, written, graphic, or physical conduct that is severe or pervasive and objectively offensive.