Handbook of Operating Procedures 9-1810: Hate and Bias Incidents

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Harassment:
as a form of discrimination is defined as verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual or group because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, ideology, political views, or political affiliation when such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with an individual or group’s academic or work performance, or to create a hostile work or academic environment.

Harassment can also consist of nonverbal conduct, such as hazing, practical jokes, damage to property, and physical assault.

Verbal Harassment:
means hostile or offensive speech, oral, written, or symbolic, that

  1. is not necessary to the expression of any idea described in the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities (“Institutional Rules”), Appendix C, subsection 13-204(b)(2); and
  2. is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the University; and
  3. describes or is directed to one or more specific individuals.

The University strongly encourages individuals who believe they have been discriminated against or have experienced threatened or actual violence on the basis of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, ideology, political views, or political affiliation to report such incidents as provided in this policy.

Individuals may report a campus climate incident to the University’s Campus Climate Response Team by clicking on the “Report a Bias Incident Campus Climate Response Team” button, available at http://diversity.utexas.edu/ccrt/reporting/. Individuals may report concerns such as a student organization hosting a party with a racist theme, derogatory graffiti regarding sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, malicious threats that intimidate another person because of his or her religion or concerns that someone has created a hostile or offensive classroom environment.

 

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