Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

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Discriminatory harassment is a form of discrimination consisting of unwelcome verbal, written, graphic or physical conduct that:

1. Is directed at an individual or group of individuals based on the individual’s or group of individuals’ actual or perceived protected status, or affiliation or association with person(s) within a protected status (as defined herein); and

2. Is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s employment, education, academic environment, or participation in institution programs or activities and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, offensive, or hostile.

To constitute prohibited harassment, the conduct must be both objectively and subjectively harassing in nature. Subjective harassment means that the conduct was unwelcome. Objective and subjective harassment may include, but is not limited to, verbal or physical attacks, threats, slurs, or derogatory or offensive comments that meet the definition set forth herein.

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