Student Guide: Residence Life Policies and Affairs- Harassment

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Harassment is defined as verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct based on or motivated by an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital, veteran or disabled status or other characteristics as defined and protected by law in the location where a particular program is operating, that has the purpose or effect, from the point of view of a reasonable person, of objectively and substantially:
a. undermining and detracting from or interfering with an individual’s education or work performance or access to university resources; or
b. creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, work, or living environment.

Harassment may include repeated slurs, or taunts in the guise of jokes, or disparaging references to others, use of epithets, stereotypes, comments, gestures, threats, graffiti, display or circulation of written or visual materials, taunts or manner of speech, and negative reference to customs when such conduct is based on or motivated by one or more of the protected characteristics identified above, or other characteristics as defined and protected by applicable law.

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