Harassment – Unwelcome or offensive behavior that is based upon an individual’s or group’s Protected Class. Harassment may include conduct that is verbal, written, or physical in nature. Harassment that creates a Hostile Environment is prohibited by this policy. A person is capable of engaging in prohibited Harassment even if the person belongs to the same Protected Class as the individual or group targeted.
Hostile Environment – Conduct that is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it creates an environment that would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress and undermine the person’s ability to work, study, learn, or otherwise participate in University programs or services, and actually does cause the harassed person(s) any of these difficulties.