Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly
prohibited. Under this policy, harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or
shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status or any
other characteristic protected by law or that of his/her relatives, friends or associates,
and that: (1) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive
work or study environment...