Discriminatory harassment: A form of discrimination, discriminatory harassment is improper conduct toward an individual, or group of individuals, on the basis of one or more of the protected classes listed above. The conduct must be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of:
A. Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or
B. Unreasonably interfering with work, academic performance, living environment, personal security, or participation in any LCSC activity.
(1) Discriminatory harassment may be verbal, written, visual or physical in nature. Conduct includes, but is not limited to: (a) Verbal abuse, such as name calling, insulting, teasing, mocking, degrading or ridiculing another person or group; or (b) Conduct that is physically offensive, harmful, threatening or humiliating, such as leering, staring, or blocking movement; or (c) Unwelcome or inappropriate physical contact, such as kissing, hugging, pinching, patting, or grabbing another person, physical assault or stalking; or (d) Unwelcome or inappropriate propositions, comments, questions, or demands.
Merely offensive conduct and/or harassment, such as bullying, not on the basis of an individual/s membership in a protected class, may not result in a violation of this policy. However, the conduct may be addressed through education and/or other resolution methods.
Bullying: Bullying is repeated and persistent negative acts directed toward one or more individuals in which there is a perceived power imbalance and which creates a hostile environment. For bullying to be established, it typically needs to occur over a significant period of time. Bullying can occur through personal contact, through texting, email, social media, or any other electronic communications. Examples of bullying behaviors include:
A. Aggressive communication such as insulting or offensive remarks, shouting, yelling, angry outbursts, and invasion of personal space;
B. Acts aimed at humiliating and ridiculing such as harsh practical jokes, spreading rumors and gossip, teasing, and taunting