a. Discriminatory harassment is verbal or physical conduct that shows hostility toward an individual based on or related to sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or other protected categories, classes, or characteristics and that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s educational performance; adversely affects a student’s educational opportunities; and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it adversely affects the victim’s education or creates an intimidating, hostile, abusive, or offensive educational environment which interferes with the student’s ability to realize the intended benefits of the University’s resources and opportunities.
b. Examples of inappropriate behavior that may constitute discriminatory harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Slurs and jokes about a protected class of persons or about a particular person based on protected status, such as sex or race;
- Display of explicit or offensive calendars, posters, pictures, drawings, cartoons, screen savers, e-mails, or other multi-media materials in any format that reflects disparagingly upon a class of persons or a particular person in a protected category;
- Derogatory remarks about a person’s national origin, race or other ethnic characteristic;
- Disparaging or disrespectful comments if such comments are made because of a person’s protected status;
- Loud or angry outbursts or obscenities in the academic environment directed toward another student, faculty, staff, or visitor; or
- Disparate treatment without a legitimate business reason; or
- Other threats, discrimination, hazing, bullying, stalking, or violence based on the referenced above a protected category, class, or characteristic.