Student Discrimination and Harassment 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: Georgia State University Statement Rating: Green

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Discriminatory harassment is prohibited at Georgia State University.  Speech or other expression (words, pictures or symbols) constitutes discriminatory harassment if it constitutes fighting words and is also sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere, limit or deny one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program.  “Fighting words” may include, but are not limited to, words, pictures or symbols that:

a. are directed to an individual or individuals based upon that person’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status,  sex or sexual orientation; and

b. tend to threaten violence, incite an immediate breach of the peace or provoke a violent response.  In the context of discriminatory harassment, “fighting words” are those which are commonly understood to convey direct and visceral hatred or contempt for human beings.

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