Student Handbook: Harassment Policy- Definition of Harassment and Notice of Non-Discrimination

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[T]he University reaffirms the right of its students to live and learn, and its employees to teach and work, in an environment free from harassment and inappropriate and/or offensive comments or conduct.

To be unlawful, conduct must be sufficiently serious that it unreasonably interferes with an employee’s ability to work or a student’s ability to learn or benefit from the University’s programming. The University does not, however, condone or tolerate any inappropriate conduct, whether by employees or non-employees, based on a person’s race, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any category protected under federal, state or local law.

Harassing conduct may include, but is not limited to:

  • Ethnic, racial, religious, age, disability or sex-related jokes, epithets, stereotypes or slurs.
  • Foul or abusive language.
  • Offensive graffiti, cartoons or posters.
  • Insulting or derogatory nicknames.
  • Mimicking another.
  • Starting or spreading rumors.
  • Teasing about religious or cultural observances, retirement, age, ability to learn, or absenteeism.
  • Threatening or offensive mail, e-mail, voicemail or messages.

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