- 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, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression when such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s or group’s academic or work performance; or of creating a hostile academic or work environment.
- Verbal conduct is defined as oral, written, or symbolic expressions that:
- personally describe or is personally directed at a specific individual or group of identifiable individuals; and
- is not necessary to an argument for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological, or academic idea.
Constitutionally protected expression cannot be considered harassment under this policy. **