University Regulation 5.010: Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Regulation

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(d) For the purposes of this Regulation, examples of conduct that fall into the definition of harassment include, but are not limited to:

1. Verbal and/or physical conduct based on a protected characteristic that: (A) has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment; (B) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or learning performance; or (C) otherwise unreasonably adversely affects an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.

2. Examples of the foregoing verbal and/or physical conduct that may constitute harassment could include making “jokes” based on a protected characteristic, objectionable epithets/slurs, threatened or actual physical harm or abuse, the display of hostile symbols/objects, and other intimidating or insulting conduct directed against the individual because of their protected characteristic or membership.

Gender-based harassment may be a form of sexual harassment prohibited under Title IX. Gender-based harassment includes acts of verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

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