For purposes of this Policy, “harassment” is defined as any type of behavior which is based on an individual or group’s membership in a “protected class(es)” that is: a) unwelcome and (b) creates a “hostile environment.”
Harassment when directed at an individual because of their membership in a “protected class(es)” may include, but is not limited to:
• Conduct, whether verbal, physical, written, graphic, or electronic that threatens, intimidates, offends, belittles, denigrates, or shows an aversion toward an individual or group;
• Epithets, slurs, and/or negative stereotyping, jokes, or nicknames;
• Written, printed, or graphic material that contains offensive, denigrating, and/or demeaning comments, and/or pictures; and
• The display of offensive, denigrating, and/or demeaning objects, e-mails, text messages, and/or cell phone pictures.
Hostile Environment: A “hostile environment” results from unwelcome and discriminatory conduct that is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives a member of the community of the ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services or opportunities from the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities. A hostile environment can be the result of acts committed by any individual or individuals, including any member of the University community. To assess whether the alleged conduct has created a hostile environment, the University considers all relevant evidence, weighs a variety of factors, and evaluates the conduct at issue from both a subjective and objective perspective.