1. Discriminatory harassment refers to any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct toward another that is based on the other’s race, color, national origin, age, marital status, disability, religion, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and that such conduct is
a) Sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter an individual’s working or academic conditions;
b) Creates a hostile or abusive working, living or academic environment; or
c) Is sufficiently severe or pervasive to limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity.
Discriminatory harassment goes beyond the mere expression of views or thoughts (spoken or written) that an individual may find offensive. The conduct must be sufficiently severe that it unreasonably limits an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the activities of the University. Factors which may be considered include the frequency of the unwelcome conduct; its severity; whether it is physically threatening or humiliating; and whether it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance.
Some conduct alleged to be discriminatory may not be an offense prohibited by this Policy but may nonetheless be unprofessional in the workplace, disruptive in the classroom, or violate other University policies and could warrant remedial actions and/or discipline.