Harassment is conduct directed toward an individual or group based on membership in one or more protected classes. Such conduct must be sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter an individual’s employment conditions, or a student’s educational opportunities which, in turn, creates an unreasonably intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment for employment, education, or participation in University activities.
Examples of conduct that may constitute or support a finding of harassment in violation of this Policy include, but are not limited to, the following types of behavior:
- In some instances, innuendo or other suggestive, offensive, or derogatory comments or jokes about a protected group listed in Section I above
- Extortion, overt threats, or intimidation
- Obscene or harassing messages sent via computer or left on an answering machine or voice mail