While students are encouraged to express their personal opinions, harassment is contrary to the mission of the college. Harassment occurs when an individual acts or employs words, pictures, or symbols in a manner commonly understood and intended to demean, intimidate, stigmatize, or otherwise create a hostile environment. This may include, but is not limited to discriminatory harassment.
Harassment may be punished when it employs 'fighting words.' Fighting words occur when one individual specifically targets another individual or small group of individuals by means of words, pictures, or symbols meant to convey hatred or contempt in a direct and visceral way. Because 'fighting words' intend to harass, insult, or threaten others, they tend to provoke an immediate and violent response when directed at a person of average sensibility.