SF State Housing supports a community where all residents are able to exist free of harassment, bullying, and intimidation. If you or someone you know is experiencing such behavior, SF State and SF State Housing are available to assist and support you.
Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is found to be threatening or disturbing to an individual based on a protected status of that individual, such as race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical disability, mental disability, or medical condition. “Sex” includes, but is not limited to: the victim’s actual sex; the harasser’s perception of the victim’s sex; or the harasser’s perception of the victim’s identity, appearance, or behavior, whether or not that identity, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with victim’s sex at birth. Harassment can be written (in print or electronically), verbal, visual, or physical.
The following are examples of harassment:
- WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS | Sending inappropriate jokes or comments in print or by text or e-mail.
- VERBAL COMMUNICATIONS | Making graphic or degrading comments about an individual and/or their body or personal characteristics, or by using epithets, derogatory comments or slurs.
- PHYSICAL ACTS | Unwanted touching, physical interference, or assault.
- VISUAL ACTS OR DISPLAYS | Derogatory cartoons, drawings, or posters, or inappropriate gestures.
- SEXUAL ADVANCES | Making unwelcome sexual advances or propositions, or offering employment benefits or giving preferential treatment in exchange for sexual favors.
- THREATS | Making a threatening reprisal after a negative response to unwelcome conduct.
Bullying is abusive treatment, the use of force, or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power (social and/or physical power). It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault, or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or ability.