Student Handbook – Freedom of Expression and Mutual Respect

Category: Harassment Policies, Statement School: Statement Rating: Not Rated Last updated: December 15, 2013

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The Deans of the College or the Student Conduct Review Board may assess whether a verbal action constitutes an abuse serious enough to warrant disciplinary action. With the understanding that speech includes both oral and written forms of communication, the following definitions will serve as guidelines:

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3. Verbal harassment: a pattern of behavior entailing at least two instances of insulting and vituperative speech directed at a particular person and in the presence of that person, that may reasonably be foreseen to interfere with that person's freedom of action or expression or cause significant mental or emotional harm.

4. Assaultive speech: speech intended to insult and provoke, employing vituperative obscenity or abusive epithets, directed at a particular person and made in that person's presence, without reasonable provocation, that may reasonably be foreseen to interfere with that person's education, inhibit that person's freedom of action or expression or cause significant mental or emotional harm.