Definitions

 Definitions:

 

  • Discrimination is an act or communication that alters an individual’s or group’s ability to completely participate in Emory & Henry’s community on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or gender expression.
  • Social Harassment is conduct and/or verbal action which, because of its severity, interferes with an individual’s or group’s work or education, or adversely affects living conditions.
  • Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence. (Please refer to the Sexual Misconduct section of this handbook located on pages 52-54 for resolution guidelines.)
  • Hostile Environment is caused by behavior that is sufficiently serious that it interferes with or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by the College. It is considered to be disruptive to the educational community. Determining whether or not a hostile environment exists is examined from both subjective and objective perspectives and often depends on a balancing of factors in this six-factor balancing test: -the type of harassment (e.g., whether it was verbal or physical); -the frequency and severity of the conduct; -the age, sex, and relationship of the individuals involved (e.g., teacher-student or student-student); -the setting and context in which the harassment occurred; -whether other incidents have occurred at the college or university; and other relevant factors.
  • Mediation is a facilitated discussion that is conducted with the assistance of a trained third party. It is designed to help the parties to reach a mutually agreeable resolution of a dispute and may be appropriate when:
    a.The parties wish to continue communicating or working together.
    b.The complaining party is able to articulate a desired outcome.
    c.No one has been physically harmed.

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