1) Definition of harassment – Harassment is “any act whether oral, written or physical directed at an individual or group of individuals for the purpose of insulting, stigmatizing, or demeaning the individual or group of individuals on the basis of, but not limited to, race, gender, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age, and which creates a hostile, intimidating, or demeaning environment.
Sexual Harassment – whether between people of different sexes or the same sex, is defined to include, but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other behavior of a sexual nature when:
• Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
[…] Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include: unwanted sexual advances; subtle or overt pressure for sexual favors; sexual jokes, flirtations, innuendoes, advances, or propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess, or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling, touching, pinching, assault, coerced sexual acts, or suggestive insulting, or obscene comments, or gestures; or displaying objects or pictures which are sexual in nature that would create hostile or offensive work or living environments.
Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature or consensual personal and social relationships without a discriminatory employment or educational effect. It refers to behavior which is not welcome and which is personally intimidating, hostile or offensive.
Under this policy harassment includes:
Verbal Abuse or Threats Directed Toward Any Member of the College Community including, but not limited to, derogatory, sexist or racist remarks; defamation of character; communication of threat (verbal,written, electronic, or via telephone); or any other behavior which puts a member of the College community in a state of fear or anxiety.
“Harassment” is defined as verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual, and that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment; or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance.