Faculty and Staff Handbook

24th Edition, 2015 Version

Chapter VII: UWS and UWRF Policies

7.4 Harassment and Other Discriminatory Conduct

"Harassment and other discriminatory conduct" means intentional conduct, either verbal or physical, that explicitly demeans the age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation of an individual or individuals, and (1) has the purpose or effect of interfering with the education, University-related work, or other University-authorized activity of a University student, employee, official or guest; or (2) creates an intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment for education, University-related work, or other University-authorized activity.

The conduct defined above will be grounds for disciplinary action. It is important to note that some acts may be construed as offensive and objectionable by an individual or groups but may not be harassing and discriminatory as defined by law. Harassing and discriminatory conduct will be decided on a case-by-case basis in accordance with federal and state laws and institutional guidelines.