(4) Harassment/Threatening Behavior/Bullying
a. Harassment that is defined as not being of a sexual nature includes:
1. Conduct (physical, verbal, graphic, written, or electronic) that is (1) unwelcome; (2) discriminatory on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status; and (3) directed at a specific individual or individuals. Harassment violates University policy when it is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it denies or limits or is likely to deny or limit a reasonable ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an institutional activity, opportunity, or resource. (Please visit www.eop.ua.edu/harassment.html for more information on the University’s Harassment Policy).
2. Any attempt to intentionally and repeatedly make contact with a person over their stated objections for the purpose of harassing or alarming them, including, but not limited to, non-gender based stalking. 3. Invasion of another’s privacy, where that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including, but not limited to, creating, making, possessing, storing, sharing, or distributing unauthorized audio, video, digital, or photographic images of a person taken in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
b. Threatening behavior means any statement, communication, conduct or gesture, including those in written form, directed toward any individual that causes a reasonable apprehension of physical harm to a person or property. A student can be responsible for threatening behavior even if the person who is the object of the threat does not observe or receive it, so long as a reasonable person would interpret the maker’s statement, communication, conduct or gesture as a serious expression of intent to physically harm.
c. Bullying means systematically and chronically inflicting physical harm or psychological distress on one or more individuals and may involve: teasing, social exclusion, threat, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, theft, sexual, religious or racial harassment, public humiliation, or destruction of property.