Harassment is verbal or physical conduct or graphic display which is offensive or shows malice toward an individual because of his/her race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity,national origin, age, disability, genetic information,or, to the extent covered by law, veteran status. Examples of prohibited behavior include:
- Abuse that diminishes the dignity of an individual through insulting or degrading remarks or conduct such as racial or ethnic slurs, written or graphic material which shows malice or ridicule toward an individual or group, jokes which are demeaning to a racial or religious group or to a particular national nationality or to one's gender.
- Threats, demands, or suggestions that an employee's work status, a student's academic progress, or an applicant's employment opportunity is contingent upon his /her tolerance of or acquiescence to harassment.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that is prohibited. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or sexist nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education; or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or education decisions affecting such individual; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.
If an individual believes he/she is being harassed, he/she should make his/her objections known to the alleged harasser. If this fails to stop the objectionable behavior, or if the individual is not comfortable confronting the alleged harasser, he/she should bring the matter to the attention of the Academic Dean, Provost, or the Affirmative Action Officer. Harassment complaints may be filed formally (in writing using the Discrimination Complaint Form) or informally (verbally). Please see HR 3005 for more details.