Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination: FAQ

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of California, San Diego Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: January 2, 2018

Relevant excerpt

The following examples of harassment would likely violate UC policy if found to be sufficiently “severe” and/or “pervasive”:

  • Name calling, teasing, or making other derogatory or dehumanizing remarks based on a person’s race (or other protected category).
  • Physical assaults targeting individuals of a particular religion (or other protected category).
  • Repeatedly sending unwelcome e-mails, text messages, or photos of a sexual nature.
  • Anti-Semitic or Islamaphobic graffiti, scrawled on the door of a student’s room.
  • Targeted display of racially charged images, such as nooses and Confederate flags.

Sexual harassment may be verbal, visual or physical conduct.

Examples include:

Sexual innuendos and other seductive behavior, including pressure for sexual activity such as repeated, unwanted requests for dates, and repeated inappropriate personal comments, staring, or touching;

Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body;
Unwelcome and inappropriate letters, telephone calls, electronic mail, or other communications or gifts.

Conduct may violate the University of California Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment only if it meets the definition set out in the relevant policies applying to students or employees.

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