26: Discrimination and Harassment Based on Protected Categories Other Than Sex

Category: Harassment Policies School: Middle Tennessee State University Statement Rating: Red Last updated: November 1, 2017

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B.  Harassment. Harassment is conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, religion, ethic or national origin, disability, age (as applicable), status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law, that:

1.  Adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, or participation in MTSU’s activities or learning or working environment;

2.  Is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, pervasive, or persistent) and objectively offensive so as to effectively deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in, or benefit from, the University’s programs, services, opportunities, or activities; or

3.  Is used as a basis for, or a factor in, decisions that tangibly affect that individual’s employment, education, or participation in MTSU’s activities or learning or working environment.

Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to, verbal or physical conduct relating to an employee’s national origin, race, surname, skin color or accent; offensive or derogatory jokes based on a protected category; racial or ethnic slurs; unwelcome comments about a person’s religion or religious garments; offensive graffiti, cartoons, or pictures; or offensive remarks about a person’s age.

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