Guideline P-080: Discrimination and Harassment – Complaint and Investigation Procedure

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Harassment is conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, religion, creed, ethic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law that; …  [h]as the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive environment of the individual;

Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to verbal or physical conduct relating to an employee’s national origin, race, surname, skin color or accent, offensive or derogatory jokes based on a protected category, racial or ethnic slurs, pressure for dates or sexual favors, unwelcome comments about a person’s religion or religious garments, offensive graffiti, cartoons or pictures, or offensive remarks about a person’s age.

Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following …

  • Suggestive or inappropriate communications, email, notes, letters, or other written materials displaying objects or pictures which are sexual in nature that would create hostile or offensive work or living environments;
  • Sexual innuendoes, comments, and remarks about a person’s clothing, body or activities;
  • Suggestive or insulting sounds;
  • Whistling in a suggestive manner;
  • Humor and jokes about sex that denigrate men or women;
  • Sexual propositions, invitations, or pressure for sexual activity;
  • Use in the classroom of sexual jokes, stories, remarks or images in no way or only marginally relevant to the subject matter of the class; …

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