Harassment is a form of discrimination and consists of unwelcome behavior that is based upon a person’s protected class. Harassment includes conduct that demeans or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her protected class and sufficiently creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for academic pursuits, employment, or participation in University-sponsored activities.
Harassing conduct may be verbal, written or physical in nature and includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal abuse or hostile behavior such as insulting, name-calling, teasing, mocking, degrading or ridiculing another person or group
- Conduct that is physically offensive, harmful, threatening or humiliating such as impending or blocking movement, leering or staring
- Unwelcome/inappropriate physical contact such as kissing, hugging, punching, patting, grabbing
- Physical assault or stalking
- Unwelcome or inappropriate sexual advances, flirtations, propositions, requests for sexual favors comments, questions, epithets or demands
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: a form of sex discrimination, including unwelcome sexual advances or behavior that affects employment decisions, makes the job or academic environment offensive or hostile, or unreasonably interferes with work performance or participation in a University program or activity. For purposes of this policy, sexual harassment includes (in addition to the examples above), but is not limited to:
- Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to the conduct is either an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment, basis for participation or advancement in an academic program, or basis for participation in a University activity or benefit, or basis for a vendor, contractor customer’s ability to do business with the University.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual influences employment decisions affecting the individual such as salary, wages, or performance evaluation, benefits, grade, or academic advancement in the case of an employee or student or business decisions affecting the individual or his/her company in the case of a vendor, contractor or customer.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work and/or academic performance and is sufficiently severe and pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
If you’re aware of someone being harassed:
1. Seek assistance. The following resources are available to help you.
- The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (208) 426-5950
- The Office of Multicultural Student Services (208) 426-5950
- The Office of International Student Services (208) 426-3652
- Office of the Dean of Students (208) 426-1527
- Gender Equity Center (208) 426-4259
- Office of Institutional Compliance and Ethics (208) 426-1258
2. Submit a Care Report.
Tell someone! Depending on your role at the university, the “ University Policy Manual” describes the following appropriate responses.
Management’s Prevention and Reporting Responsibilities
Members of the University Community who (a) supervise other employees or students, contractors or vendors; (b) teach or advise students; or (c) have management authority related to a University-sponsored program or activity must:
- Engage in appropriate measures to prevent violations of this policy
- Promptly notify the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office after being informed of or having a reasonable basis to suspect that there has been discrimination against, harassment of, or retaliation against a member of the University community
- Promptly notify the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities, if the alleged policy violator, or the person who is the subject of the conduct, is a student
- All Members of the University Community are responsible for participating in creating a campus environment free from prohibited discrimination and harassment and for following this Policy. The University expects all Members of the University community to avoid any behavior or conduct that could reasonably be interpreted as unlawful discrimination or harassment.
- All Members of the University Community are expected to treat each other with courtesy, consideration and professionalism as outlined in the University’s Statement of Shared Values.
- Individuals who observe or are otherwise aware of discrimination, harassment or other inappropriate conduct that could be in violation of this Policy should report such conduct in accordance with this Policy.
- Members of the University Community are expected to cooperate with the University in any investigation of allegations under this Policy.
- Individuals who engage in personal social networking or other off duty activities could violate this Policy if such conduct creates or contributes to an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or campus environment.
- Ignore harassment. Boise State University does not tolerate such behavior, which is prohibited in the “Student Code of Conduct” and the “University Policy Manual.” Incidents of harassment should be reported and addressed.
- Confront the person exhibiting harassing behavior directly. Personal risk can be associated with this and you should feel safe before taking this step. The harasser may be someone close or someone you know well and the behavior or language may actually surprise you. If this is the case, you may wish to take the person aside to let her/him know your feelings in a non-confrontational way.
Submit a Care Report