Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Harassment

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Refrain from engaging in discriminatory or harassing conduct. Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty, and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working, where all people are treated with respect and dignity. Toward that end, it is essential that Brandeis be free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex or sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any category that is now, or comes to be, protected by law.

It is the University’s responsibility to help prevent harassment and discrimination from occurring, to pursue concerns of which it is aware, to objectively investigate such concerns, and to take immediate and appropriate action to remedy issues of harassment and discrimination. Brandeis takes this responsibility seriously. Therefore, violations of this policy will not be tolerated and may result in corrective actions up to and including dismissal from school or release from employment.

Harassment is a form of discrimination and will not be tolerated. It is regarded as harassment when the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s education or work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment in which to work, study, or live or otherwise adversely affects a person’s employment or educational opportunities. These may include, but are not limited to, hiring, firing, salary increases, promotions, grades, recommendations, scholarly or teaching opportunities, or participation in extracurricular activities and student organizations.

There are many forms of harassment/discrimination that create a hostile educational or work environment. Depending on the circumstances, the following are examples of behaviors that may constitute harassment/discrimination under this policy (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Jokes, comments, or innuendoes that make fun of, denigrate, or are based on an individual’s or group’s protected class status. Bullying.
  • Epithets or slurs based on an individual’s or group’s protected class status.
  • Objects, posters, cartoons, or pictures that make fun of, denigrate, or are based on an individual’s or group’s protected class status, whether directed to an individual, placed on University premises, or displayed or circulated on campus.
  • Displaying, sending, forwarding, downloading, or otherwise distributing materials via the Internet, cellular data network, computer, or email that make fun of, denigrate, or are based on protected class status.
  • Other verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group based on protected class status.

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