This policy shall not be construed to restrict constitutionally protected expression, even though such expression may be unpleasant or even hateful. Constitutionally protected speech and traditional notions of academic freedom are valued in higher education. These ideals help to create the stimulating and challenging learning environment which should characterize higher education. In the spirit of a true university environment, individuals are encouraged to invite, rather than inhibit, discourse on ideas.
Unwelcome conduct directed against a person based on one or more of that person’s “protected classifications.”
I. Hostile Environment: Harassment which is so severe or pervasive that it denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s program or unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating, or offensive work environment. Both subjective and objective factors shall be considered when evaluating whether a hostile climate exists.
No student or employee of the university may engage in discrimination or create a hostile environment on the basis of “protected classifications,” as defined above, when involved in university activities.
When discriminatory harassment that is neither severe nor pervasive occurs, efforts should be undertaken to prevent the creation of a hostile work or learning environment even before it may be appropriate to impose disciplinary sanctions on those engaging in the harassment…. Nondisciplinary remedial measures such as education and training, mediation, voluntary transfers or reassignments, etc., that may help to avoid the creation of hostile environment should be considered.