Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures for Employees and Students

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Policy Violation on the basis of Race – occurs when differences in employment/academic decisions are based upon the employee’s/student’s race. Conduct prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to, the use of racial slurs, graffiti, or ethnic jokes that create a hostile or abusive working environment.

Typically, a hostile environment is created only when the discrimination or harassment is severe and alters the conditions of the victim’s employment/academic environment. The occasional improper comment and/or joke, generally, will not create such a hostile environment and/or be indicative of racial discrimination unless such conduct is severe, pervasive, and/or occurs on a frequent basis.

Examples of age related discrimination includes, but is not limited to, characterizations, stereotypes, jokes, or insults regarding the employee’s/student’s age, poor health, and/or medical conditions, forced retirement, and the use of any derogatory terms regarding age.

Policy Violation on the basis of Sexual Orientation – occurs when employment/academic decisions are based upon or biased because the employee’s/student’s sexual orientation is or is perceived to be heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Examples of conduct prohibited by this policy includes, but is not limited to, offensive language, mockery, verbal threats, damage to personal property, and physical violence or harassment.

Policy Violation on the basis of Sexual Harassment – occurs when sexual behavior or requests for sexual favors: … Have the express purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work/academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working academic environment.

In order for the conduct to be considered sexual harassment, the behavior must be:

* Unwanted or unwelcome;
* Sexual in nature or related to the sex or gender of the employee/student;
* Sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the recipient’s employment or education.

Examples of sexual harassment in employment or education include, but are not limited to, uninvited sexual comments or innuendo, oral, written, or electronic communications that are sexually explicit in nature or sexually explicit questions, jokes, or anecdotes about gender-specific traits.

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