At Macalester, racial harassment is defined as verbal, written or physical conduct which refers to one’s actual or perceived race and where such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic, social or work related participation in the College community.
Racial harassment can include, but is not limited to, hostile or intimidating racially-oriented verbal or written statements or symbols, physical threats or intimidating conduct that adversely affects the mental or emotional health of the individual and that interferes with a person’s ability to function successfully in her or his academic, work or social life at Macalester College. The definition of harassment includes speech and physical acts which are intended to insult or stigmatize an individual or group of individuals on the basis of their race or color, or speech that makes use of “fighting” words or non-verbals. Speech or an act of racial harassment need not be addressed directly to an individual or group of individuals when it insults or stigmatizes. A member of the College community who knowingly, intentionally and willfully participates in activities defined as racially harassing shall be considered in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings.