Student employees have a right to an educational and/or employment setting that is free from harassment and/or bullying.
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Harassment is unwelcome conduct directed against a person based on one or more of that person’s protected characteristics or statuses (age, color, race, disability, marital status, national/ethnic origin, religion, veteran status, sex [including pregnancy], sexual orientation, political affiliation or family medical or genetic information), which is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s employment, academic performance or participation in programs or activities, and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive.
Bullying is a form of harassment. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, “bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms:
- Verbal abuse
- Offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
- Work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done.”
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
If you believe that you are a victim of harassment including bullying we recommend that you report the incident to one of the following college officials: