Sexual and discriminatory harassment may occur in numerous forms, many of which are also violations of federal and state laws. For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions of harassment, based on the language of the applicable statutes, are assumed:
a. (Sexual Harassment) Offensive sexual behavior whenever toleration of such conduct or submission to or rejection of it is the basis for a personnel or academic decision affecting an individual, or such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile living, learning or working environment
b. (Discriminatory Harassment) Conduct that, by reference to the sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran of a member or members of the College community, intentionally or recklessly abuses, mocks, or disparages a person or persons so as to affect their educational performance or living or working environment at the College.
C. Discriminatory Harassment – further considerations Discriminatory harassment refers to any verbal or physical conduct that has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or learning environment because of an individual’s race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, veteran status or disability.
Unwelcome behavior that may be considered general discriminatory harassment includes but is not limited to:
- verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion to an individual because of his/her race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, veteran status or disability;
- epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts that relate to the characteristics described above; and
- written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of the characteristics described above.