Harassment occurs when there is unwelcome or unwanted verbal or physical conduct directed at an individual based on their membership in a Protected Category. Protected Categories include race, color, national origin/ethnicity, sex (which includes pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, including transgender identity, religion, disability, age, genetics, active military or veteran status and any other characteristics protected under applicable federal or Massachusetts law. Harassment can includes offensive conduct that can be physical, verbal and visual in nature. Harassment can include things such as jokes, slurs, epithets, name-calling, threats, intimidation, ridicule, mockery, insults, put-downs, unwanted touching, offensive objects or pictures, or other conduct that may be humiliating or that interferes with a person’s education or work environment. Typically single, isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not be enough to rise to the level of harassment. The conduct is harassment when it severe or pervasive and begins to interfere with an individual’s education or work environment or their participation in University programs or activities by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.