Harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status that creates a hostile environment by being sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive so that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities. Bullying is repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, mentally or physically, on the basis of these characteristics.
Harassment and bullying are not tolerated and will result in severe conduct action, including potential removal from the residence hall. Forms of harassment or bullying include, but are not limited to, cyber or verbal harassment or bullying, threatening messages, physical threats, intimidation or posting of harassing materials.
If you have been the victim of harassment or bullying or feel threatened, contact a student staff member, your Residence Hall coordinator or MUPD. See “Assault, Abuse or Endangering Behaviors” on p. 21.
Rationale: The University of Missouri does not condone discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, genetics information, disability or status as a protected veteran. Residential Life is committed to providing a comfortable, non-threatening environment for all, consistent with the University values of discovery, excellence, respect and responsibility; to tolerate harassment would be contrary to that commitment. Personal and academic enrichment must take place in an environment that respects the rights of others, even when individuals may have different views or beliefs. Actions that may not be intended to threaten or degrade may nevertheless do so to another individual. Residential Life staff also come from diverse backgrounds and have the right to perform their jobs to help residents succeed in a safe, non-threatening environment.