Student Handbook: Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

Category: Harassment Policies School: Occidental College Statement Rating: Green Last updated: August 21, 2017

Relevant excerpt

“Harassment” is conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or learning environment, or that unreasonably interferes with work or academic performance based on a person’s protected class, including race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religious belief, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law, when either or both of the conditions below are present. All such conduct is unlawful and constitutes Prohibited Conduct. Generally speaking, harassment can be divided into two types of conduct:

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2. Hostile Environment. A hostile environment exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the College’s education or employment programs and/or activities. Whether conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent is determined both from a subjective and objective perspective.

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Harassment may include a severe, persistent or pervasive pattern of unwelcome conduct that includes one or more of the following:

(10) Physical conduct, including unwelcome touching, physical assault, impeding, restraining, or blocking movements;

(11) Verbal conduct, including making or using derogatory comments, verbal abuse, epithets, slurs or humor;

(12) Written conduct, including letters, notes or electronic communications containing comments, words, or images described above.

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