Discriminatory and Bias-Related Harassment. Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status including: [race, color, sex, pregnancy status, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law]. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the reporting party and community. See the UNA Policy on Discriminatory Harassment.
a) Hostile Environment. Sanctions can and will be imposed for the creation of a hostile environment only when discriminatory and bias-related harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive (or persistent) and objectively offensive such that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational or employment, social and/or residential program or activities.
This policy attempts to balance the need of the community to create a civil climate while also embracing the 1st Amendment protection that attaches to most harassing speech that is simply offensive.