The University of New Mexico is committed to freedom of academic inquiry and encourages an environment of free expression and open debate. UNM does not attempt to shield people from ideas they may find unwelcome, disagreeable, or offensive. All members of the campus community are provided with the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn. Debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some, or even by most, to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or misguided.
At the same time, UNM is committed to providing a respectful campus environment. The right to address issues of concern does not grant individuals license to make untrue allegations, to harass others, to violate confidentiality requirements, or to engage in other conduct that violates the law or University policy.
Actions that are counter to a respectful campus, such as those destructive actions described below, will not be tolerated and should be reported according to Sections 4.2 or 5.4. Conduct that occurs off-campus may be the subject of a report if it is likely to interfere with a respectful campus according to this policy.
Bullying is defined by the University as sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive mistreatment directed at one or more individuals, which a reasonable person would consider to improperly interfere with the individual’s (or individuals’) work or school performance or participation.