Policy on Discriminatory Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Other Sex-Based Misconduct

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Nothing in this Policy restricts the University’s right to address and take appropriate action with respect to conduct that, while not meeting the definitions of conduct prohibited by this Policy, is nevertheless inconsistent with the University’s value of respect for others.

Discriminatory Harassment is (1) unwelcome conduct (2) that is based on an individual’s or group’s race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, genetic information, age, disability, or veteran status and (3) that interferes with performance, limits participation in University activities, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment when viewed from the perspective of both the individual and a reasonable person in the same situation.

Discriminatory Harassment may include the following types of misconduct, when such misconduct concerns one or more of the characteristics listed above:
• Verbal abuse, slurs, derogatory comments or insults about, directed at or made in the presence of an individual or group.
• Display or circulation of written materials or pictures that are offensive or degrading.
• Damage to, trespass on or unauthorized use of property, such as spraying or scratching of a motor vehicle, damage or theft of property.
• Physical contact, or threatening language or behavior.
• Other conduct that interferes with an individual’s performance; limits participation in University activities; or otherwise creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment.

Other Sex-Based Misconduct may include, but is not limited to, any of the offenses listed below. … Unwelcome conduct that is either based on an individual’s or group’s sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or that is sexual in nature, and that interferes with performance, limits participation in University activities, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment when viewed from the perspective of both the individual and a reasonable person in the same situation.

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