Fighting Words Harassment in the University Community 13-14

Category: Harassment Policies School: University of North Carolina – Charlotte Statement Rating: Yellow Last updated: June 17, 2014

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This Policy prohibits the face-to-face use of “fighting words” by a student, faculty member, or staff member to harass any person or persons on the University campus or other property under University control. “Fighting words” are those personally abusive epithets which, when directly addressed to any ordinary person are, in the context used and as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke an immediate and violent reaction, whether or not they actually do so. Such expressions include, but are not limited to, those terms or gestures widely recognized to be derogatory references to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, and other personal characteristics.

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