Harassment is the creation of a hostile or intimidating environment, in which verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity and/or persistence, is likely to interfere significantly with an individual’s work or education, or affect adversely an individual’s living conditions on campus.
Illegal and improper harassment based on any of the classifications in paragraph 1, may include:
- Any suggestion that sexual favors, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran or any protected classification would affect one’s job, promotion, performance evaluations, grades, working or educational conditions;
- Making unwelcome or offensive comments about a person’s clothing, body or personal life;
- Offensive jokes or unwelcome innuendoes;
- Other conduct that creates a work or educational environment that may be considered offensive or hostile, even though some staff or students might not find them objectionable;
- Use of unwelcome or offensive nicknames or terms of endearment.
Sexual harassment, in particular, may consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one or more of the following occur:
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic success;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions;
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive work or educational environment.