5.3.2 Prohibition of Other Forms of Discrimination and Harassment

adopted: Feb-2010
last revised: Feb-2010

Conduct that has a purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a reasonable individual’s work or learning performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment when such conduct is directed at an individual because of race, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation or any legally protected classification.

Harassment prohibited by this policy includes both verbal and physical conduct. The College will not tolerate conduct in any form that is intended to cause or contribute or has the effect of causing or contributing to the humiliation, embarrassment or discomfort of reasonable employees or students because of their protected status.

Harassment does not include oral or written expressions that are academic in nature and purpose or that are relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or curriculum. This policy shall not be used to abridge academic freedom or to interfere with the College’s educational mission.

Examples of harassment include:

  • A supervisor persistently criticizes jokes about, and disparages a subordinate because of that person’s gender, race, or ethnic background or knowingly permits other employees to exhibit such behavior.
  • One or more students criticize, laugh at, and disparage another student because of that student’s disability.
  • A supervisor makes negative comments about an employee’s religious beliefs that create a hostile environment.
  • A student makes derogatory references to an employee’s mental or physical impairment that create an intimidating environment.

These are examples, only, and the list not intended to be all-inclusive.