Harassment*. Any unwelcome verbal, physical, nonverbal conduct, or differential treatment of an individual because of his or her membership in any protected class or category including sex, gender, gender identity, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, sexual orientation or other protected status that unreasonably limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program or activities. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, such as the Office of Student Affairs or any Dean, who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim and community.
a. Hostile Environment. Sanctions can and will be imposed for the creation of a hostile environment only when harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive (or persistent) and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational or employment program or activities.