(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. Conduct satisfying the foregoing elements that relates to an individual’s sex (which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) is addressed in the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. 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 and cyberbullying means repeated and/or severe behavior(s) that a reasonable person would view as designed to intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person or group and may involve: teasing, social exclusion, threat, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, theft, sexual, religious or racial harassment, public humiliation, or destruction of property.