Harassment is unwanted behavior that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s or a group of persons’ educational, work, social or living activities. As such, it violates this Code and, in some cases, federal or state law. Harassment can take many forms. Types of harassment include:
- Peer harassment involves persistent, intentional degradation, intimidation, or abuse of another person.
- Quid pro quo harassment involves abuse of one’s power, authority, or position such that,
- a. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s education or employment; or
- b. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual’s welfare.
- Hostile environment harassment involves conduct that substantially interferes with an individual’s educational, work, social, or living environment.
- Discriminatory harassment involves conduct of an offensive, demeaning, intimidating or hostile nature based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender1, orientation, age or disability.