"Harassment: constitutes a form of discrimination and is defined as verbal or physical conduct or communications directed at or because of an individual's race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive status, qualified disability, or on the basis of any other status protected by law, which has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the individual’s employment or educational performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Examples of Harassment: Examples of kinds of conduct that may be harassment are unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct, including but not limited to:
Pervasive sexual harassment: threats of intimidation or contact which is not freely agreed upon by both parties; unwelcome touching, patting, pinching, or leering; sexually graphic comments about a person’s body; sexual advances, stalking; persistent, offensive verbal abuses including propositions, insulting or degrading comments or behavior, jokes, slurs, mimicking, gestures, innuendoes, vulgar language; obscene posters, notes or graffiti, telephone or e-mail messages; (note: such conduct may
constitute harassment regardless of the sex of the individuals involved);
Threats that a person’s employment status, conditions of employment, and promotional opportunities will be adversely affected by not submitting to sexual advances;
Teaching practices or communications that are demeaning, hostile, or alienating based on or because of an individual’s possessing a protected characteristic. (While the College has a policy supporting academic freedom, behavior that focuses attention on discriminatory characteristics in a context that is irrelevant to the course constitutes a serious violation of the College’s Harassment Policy.)
Inappropriate personal attention by an instructor or college official who is in a position to determine a student’s grade or otherwise affect the student’s academic performance or professional future.
Bias incidents and hate crimes are also considered unacceptable behaviors under this policy.
Bias incident: Any conduct, speech or expression that demeans, degrades or harasses an individual or group based upon their membership in a protected category as recognized by law or Champlain College policy.
Hate Crime: As defined by Vermont law, a crime in which the defendant’s conduct was
maliciously motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex,
ancestry, service in the armed forces, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or qualified disability of another individual or group of individuals, or on the basis of any other status protected by law."
"Gender Identity Harassment: Verbal or physical conduct or communications directed at an individual’s gender identity, such as negative name-calling and intentional misuse of genderspecific pronouns."
"It is imperative that Champlain College provides a safe environment conducive to learning and working. Harassment as described above is unacceptable and will not be tolerated for any reason. In accordance with Federal and State laws, the College affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunity in education and employment and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of characteristics such as race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive status,
qualified disability or any other characteristic to the extent protected, and as defined by, applicable law, in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices, athletic, and other college-administered programs. The College will, therefore, comply with all applicable federal and Vermont nondiscrimination laws."