non-physical abuse

August 28, 2013

Threatening or causing non-physical abuse of or abusive behavior toward another person,
including, but not limited to, verbal or written statements that constitute a form of expression not
protected by the First Amendment, such as obscenities, fighting words, or defamation. Nonphysical abuse is defined as conduct that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating,
hostile or demeaning environment that substantially interferes with another’s ability to
participate in or realize the intended benefits of educational or employment opportunities,
peaceful enjoyment of residence, or physical security. Non-physical abuse shall be found where,
in aggregate, the conduct is sufficiently pervasive, persistent or severe that a reasonable person
would be adversely affected to such a degree.