August 28, 2013

Policy Violation on the basis of Race – occurs when differences in employment/academic
decisions are based upon the employee’s/student’s race. Conduct prohibited by this policy
includes, but is not limited to, the use of racial slurs, graffiti, or ethnic jokes that create a
hostile or abusive working environment.

Typically, a hostile environment is created only when the discrimination or harassment is
severe and alters the conditions of the victim’s employment/academic environment. The
occasional improper comment and/or joke, generally, will not create such a hostile
environment and/or be indicative of racial discrimination unless such conduct is severe,
pervasive, and/or occurs on a frequent basis.