Policy on Discrimination, Protected Class Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking & Retaliation

Category: Harassment Policies School: Colorado State University – Pueblo Statement Rating: Green Last updated: September 12, 2017

Relevant excerpt

Protected Class Harassment means subjectively unwelcome conduct based upon an individual’s actual or perceived Protected Characteristics where either:

  • enduring the unwelcome conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of a Reporting Party’s continued employment or academic standing; or
  • the conduct is so severe, pervasive, and/or objectively offensive that the conduct unreasonably interferes with the Reporting Party’s employment, academic pursuits, or participation in University activities (i.e. the conduct creates an objectively hostile environment). Generally, a single inappropriate joke or offensive epithet does not create a “hostile environment;” however, being subjected to such conduct repeatedly may constitute a “hostile environment.” In determining whether the alleged conduct warrants corrective action, all relevant circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred, will be considered. The existence of a “hostile environment” will be determined on the basis of what is reasonable to persons of ordinary sensitivity and not on the particular sensitivity or reaction of an individual.

  • “Hostile Environment” Sexual Harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature is so severe, pervasive, and/or objectively offensive that the conduct unreasonably interferes with the Reporting Party’s employment, academic pursuits, or participation in University activities (i.e. the conduct creates an objectively hostile environment). Generally, a single inappropriate joke, unwelcome sexual advance, or unwelcome request for sexual favors does not create a “hostile environment;” however, being subjected to such conduct repeatedly may constitute a “hostile environment.” In determining whether the alleged conduct warrants corrective action, all relevant circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred, will be considered. The existence of a “hostile environment” will be determined on the basis of what is reasonable to persons of ordinary sensitivity and not on the particular sensitivity or reaction of an individual.

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