Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for Student Organizations: University Anti-Bullying Policy

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“Bullying or harassing behavior” is defined as any pattern of gestures or written, electronic or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication, or any act reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, that takes place on any property owned or controlled by the University of Southern Mississippi, or during any activity in whatever place sponsored by, directed or controlled by the University of Southern Mississippi, and that also fulfills ONE of the following conditions:

· EITHER places a student, faculty or staff member in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.

· OR creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits.

“Hostile environment” is defined as the condition wherein the victim subjectively views the conduct as bullying or harassing behavior AND the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree it is bullying or harassing behavior

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