Harassment constitutes a form of discrimination that is prohibited by law. Delaware State University will remedy all forms of harassment when reported, whether or not the harassment rises to the level of creating a hostile environment. When harassment rises to the level of creating a hostile environment, Delaware State University may also impose sanctions on the harasser. Delaware State University’s harassment policy explicitly prohibits any form of harassment, defined as unwelcome conduct on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class, by any member or group of the community.
A hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent/pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.
Offensive conduct and/or harassment that does not rise to the level of discrimination or that is of a generic nature not on the basis of a protected status may not result in the imposition of discipline under University policy, but will be addressed through civil confrontation, remedial actions, education and/or effective conflict resolution mechanisms.
Sexual harassment is: unwelcome, sexual or gender-based verbal, written or physical conduct.
Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment, and may be disciplined, when it is:
- sufficiently severe, persistent/pervasive and/or objectively offensive that it,
- has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting employment opportunities or the ability to participate in or benefit from any University program, and is
- based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment or retaliation.