Vermont State Colleges Manual of Policies & Procedures: Non-Discrimination and Prevention of Harassment and Related Unprofessional Conduct

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Under Vermont law, “harassment” means an incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct or communication, including any incident conducted by electronic means, based on or motivated by a person’s or person’s family member’s, actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, HIV-positive blood test results, or any other status protected by state or federal law that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or an employee’s performance, or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Harassment includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display, or circulation of written or visual material, and taunts on manner of speech and negative references to customs related to any of the protected categories.

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