A hostile environment is one that a reasonable person would objectively find hostile or abusive or one that the particular person who is the object of the harassment perceives to be hostile or abusive.
Discriminatory harassment is defined as verbal or physical
conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class, and that is sufficiently
severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or
Harassment or discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, whether subtle or blatant, is unacceptable at MIT. It will be addressed with quick and decisive action whenever it occurs. Racism and racist behavior interfere with an individual’s growth and well-being in the academic and living environments at MIT.
The Institute is committed to the elimination of racism and to the thorough handling of any allegation of racist behavior. In such situations, it will be the Institute’s aim to protect the rights of all individuals involved and to safeguard the welfare of everyone in the MIT community.
What is racial harassment?
* Use of racial epithets
* Racially based derogatory language or behavior which is intended to interfere unduly with the work or academic performance of another
Discriminatory harassment is verbal or physical conduct based on a student’s
sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic
information, or other protected categories, classes, or characteristics and is so
severe, persistent, or pervasive it adversely affects the victim’s education or
creates an intimidating, hostile, abusive or offensive educational environment
which interferes with the victim’s ability to realize the intended benefits of the
university’s resources and opportunities.
Discriminatory harassment is defined as conduct that targets an individual based upon age, color, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex or gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran’s status and that adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s education, housing, or participation in a university activity; or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for academic pursuits, housing, or participation in university activities.
Racial Harassment: This is conduct that disparages, ridicules, and/or is physically abusive of a person based on that person’s race. (See Discriminatory Harassment.)
It is the policy of Nicholls State University that no member of the academic community may
harass another member on the basis of his or her race. Disparaging remarks, the use of offensive
epithets, general statements about racial characteristics, etc., constitute harassing conduct when:
* They are unwelcome;
* They are repeated frequently;
* They imply a discriminatory attitude or hostility towards an individual because of his or
her race or towards an entire racial group; * They are so severely abusive and repeated so often as to create an atmosphere of hostility;
* They have either the purpose or the effect of interfering with the victim’s academic or
work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or work
The Office of Residential Life & Housing expects that in all relationships with each other,
residents will be guided by a mutual concern for each other’s feelings, integrity, and the
need to live in an environment conducive to academic and personal achievement. These
interactions, whether between members of the same or opposite sex, between races, between
members of different sexual orientations, or between residents and staff, will be tempered
with sensitivity and a sense of responsibility towards others. Within each residential unit,
there shall be a commitment to actively promote racial and cultural understanding and to
deal honestly, openly, and equitably with all residents. It is expected that all residents will
respect each other’s privacy and will not subject others to indecent exposure, inappropriate
gestures, vulgarity, etc.
Racial Harassment, as defined in the Student Handbook, includes acts exhibiting prejudice and/or
racism and/or failure to follow University Policies concerning Acts of Intolerance.
Racial harassment is any behavior that
would verbally or physically threaten, torment, badger, heckle, or persecute an individual because of his or her
Harassment based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation
or other protected characteristics is oral, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an
individual’s protected characteristics that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so
as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the
educational institution’s programs or activities.
Examples of conduct that may constitute racial harassment
include, but are not limited to, the following:
■ Behavior or remarks intended to harass, intimidate,
stigmatize, or ridicule persons because of their race,
color, or national origin
■ Acts of violence or vandalism directed against persons
or groups because of their race, color, or national origin
■ The display of materials that are demeaning or
threatening to persons because of their race, color,
or national origin
D. Generally, racial harassment is defined as any person’s conduct which unreasonably interferes with an employee’s or student’s status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, or national origin, includes offensive or demeaning treatment of an individual, where such treatment is based typically on prejudiced stereotypes of a group to which that individual may belong. It includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, threatened or actual physical harm or abuse, or other intimidating or insulting conduct directed against the individual because of his/her race, color, or national origin. Title VII requires employers to take prompt action to prevent individuals from expressing their opinions in a way which abuses or offends their coworkers.
In providing an educational and work climate that is positive and discrimination-free, faculty, staff and students should be aware that racial and ethnic harassment in the workplace or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct and will not be condoned. Texas A&M University at Galveston will protect the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, while at the same time will determine conduct that goes beyond the legally defined boundaries of free speech.
Students have the responsibility to respect each other’s personal rights and dignity. A student has the right to be freefrom racial harassment.