Harassment is the creation of an offensive, degrading, or intimidating environment, in which conduct, because of its severity and/or persistence, is likely to interfere significantly with an individual’s ability to participate in, or benefit from, their educational or working environment by negatively affecting the person physically or emotionally.
Harassment can be uninvited or unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct directed at the individual's or a group of individuals' putative nationality, race, ethnicity, color, language, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, cultural identity, social origin, socioeconomic status, educational level, disability, genetic trait, mental or physical health condition, or any similar ground.
Verbal conduct may be either oral or written words, such as epithets. Physical conduct may include inappropriate touching, physically interfering with, blocking or impeding an individual’s normal movement, assault or battery among other things. Visual conduct may include drawings, pictures, cartoons or images among other things.
such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an offensive, intimidating, or hostile University environment; or
such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work, academic performance, or status; or
submission to or rejection of such conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of education, employment, or participation in other University activities; or
submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment, academic, or research decision affecting the individual.