College Regulations: Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment- Definitions

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Discriminatory Harassment is unwelcome conduct directed toward an individual based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion or religious belief, citizenship status, sex, marital status, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, military status or affiliation, predisposing genetic information/ characteristics, familial status, domestic violence victim status, age, or other characteristic protected by law, that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or educational performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a College activity. Harassment needs only to rise above the threshold of petty slights or trivial inconveniences

Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct which is either of a sexual nature, or which is directed at an individual because of that individual’s sex that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or educational performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment; and/or participation in a College activity. This includes harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, self-identified or perceived sex, gender expression, gender identity and the status of being transgender. Harassment needs only to rise above the threshold of petty slights or trivial inconveniences.

a. The College’s policy on sexual misconduct may also apply when sexual harassment involves physical contact. Examples of sexual harassment can include, but are not limited to:

i. Egregious, unwanted sexual attention or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature;
ii. Sex stereotyping; …
v. Unwelcome, sexually explicit messages, statements, or materials; …
x. Gender-based bullying.

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