Discriminatory and Bias-Related Harassment

Harassment constitutes a form of discrimination that is prohibited by law.  The College will remedy all forms of harassment when reported, whether or not the harassment rises to the level of creating a hostile environment.  When harassment rises to the level of creating a hostile environment, the College may also impose sanctions on the harasser. The College harassment policy explicitly prohibits any form of harassment, defined as unwelcome conduct on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class, by any member or group of the community.

A hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic, or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe or persistent/pervasive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.[i] 

The College reserves the right to address offensive conduct and/or harassment that does not rise to the level of discrimination or that is of a generic nature not on the basis of a protected status, and which customarily may not result in the imposition of discipline under College policy. This will be addressed through civil confrontation, remedial actions, education, and/or effective conflict resolution mechanisms.  For assistance with conflict resolution techniques, employees should contact the Director of Human Resources and students should contact the Director of Student Conduct. 

The College condemns and will not tolerate discriminatory harassment against any employee, student, visitor or guest on the basis of any status protected by College policy or law.

[i] This definition of hostile environment is based on Federal Register / Vol. 59, No. 47 / Thursday, March 10, 1994: Department Of Education Office For Civil Rights, Racial Incidents And Harassment Against Students At Educational Institutions Investigative Guidance.  The document is available at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/race394.html.