5.4.4 Prohibition of Other Forms of Discrimination and Harassment

adopted: Feb-2021
last revised: Feb-2021

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 is prohibited.

Harassment prohibited by this policy includes both verbal and physical conduct. Richland Community 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.