Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Proscribed Conduct

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of Alabama Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: March 27, 2017

Relevant excerpt

(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 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.

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