B. Harassment. Intentional behavior directed at a person primarily because of his or her race, religion, national origin, color, sex (gender), age, disability, marital, veteran, sexual orientation, or other legally protected status constitutes harassment and is prohibited under this policy, and may constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal law.
C. Prohibited behavior or conduct includes the following:
1. That which is demeaning, ridiculing, derisive, or coercive, on a severe or pervasive basis, resulting in a hostile or intimidating working or learning environment;
a. Severe behavior refers to that which is repugnant, that which is extremely offensive to a reasonable person, or that which occurs with indifference to the ordinary sensibilities of a reasonable person.
b. Pervasive behavior refers to that which occurs repeatedly or in some pattern over a period of time, having the effect of interfering with a person’s work or academic performance, or creating a hostile environment. Pervasive behavior may be found in repeated verbal or other suggestive conduct that an ordinary person would view as vulgar, obscene, or intimating an interest in a relationship that would be unwelcome, unprofessional or create a conflict of interest in the employment or academic environment.
c. The more severe the behavior, the less pervasive it need be to meet this test, and the less severe the behavior, the more pervasive it need be to meet this test. In the case of extreme and outrageous behavior, a single event may be deemed severe enough to meet this test.
d. A hostile environment includes, but is not limited to, one in which a reasonable person can establish that he or she is the target of conduct by a supervisor, co-worker, faculty member, staff member, volunteer, campus contractor, or student that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of his or her employment or education. A hostile environment generally assumes that the behavior is pervasive and directed at a victim who must work or attend there, or is otherwise entitled or expected to be there for work or academic purposes.