Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment of Barnard College

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Harassment is any conduct, verbal, nonverbal, or physical, on or off campus, that has the effect, because of its severity and/or persistence, of unreasonably interfering with an individual or group’s educational or work performance or that creates a hostile educational, work, or living environment on the basis of a protected classification. This may include harassment of an individual in connection with a stereotyped group characteristic, or because of that person’s identification with a particular group.

Discriminatory harassment includes but is not limited to: epithets or slurs; negative stereotyping; denigrating jokes; and display or circulation in the working, learning, or living environment (including electronic transmission) of written or graphic material.

Gender-Based Harassment includes acts of verbal, non-verbal, or physical aggression or hostility based on gender, gender identity or expression, or gender-stereotyping. Gender-based harassment can occur when an individual or group is harassed either for exhibiting stereotypical characteristics of a particular sex or failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may also consist of unwelcome physical contact, requests for sexual favors, visual displays of degrading sexual images, sexually suggestive conduct, or remarks of a sexual nature. Such communication or physical conduct constitute sexual harassment when: …

3.      Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance on the job or in the classroom; or

4.      Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating or hostile work or study environment for an individual or group of individuals.

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