Policy Prohibiting Sex- and Gender-Based Discrimination, Harassment, Misconduct and Retaliation

Category: Harassment Policies School: Henderson State University Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: September 5, 2017

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Discriminatory Harassment: Detrimental action based on an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, physical disability or mental disability. Harassing conduct may take various forms, including, name-calling, graphic or written statements (including the use of cell phones or the Internet), or other conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. Harassment does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents. Gender-based harassment includes sexual harassment.

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Hostile Environment: A hostile environment exists when there is harassing conduct based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, physical disability or mental disability that is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, pervasive, or persistent) and objectively offensive to deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s programs, services, opportunities, or activities; or when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment. Harassment that creates a hostile environment (“hostile environment harassment”) violates this policy.

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