Prohibited harassment is conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile working or academic environment, or that interferes with work or academic performance, including harassment based on a person’s protected status, including race, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex (which includes harassment based on gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, family care leave status, or any other status protected by antidiscrimination and anti-harassment statutes, such as Titles VII or IX of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Harassment can be physical, verbal, or visual. Harassment can be committed by employers, coworkers, fellow students, and third parties. Generally, statements and/or conduct legitimately and reasonably related to the College’s mission of education do not constitute harassment.
To count as harassment under this policy, such conduct must: • be offensive to the individual complaining of harassment and offensive to a reasonable person; and • be so persistent, repetitive, pervasive, or severe that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or 6 creating an intimidating, abusive or hostile educational, employment or living environment at the College.