Discrimination – the act of denying opportunities, resources, or access to an individual or group based on race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and national or ethnic origin.
Harassment – actions having the purpose or effect to demean, debase or injure and based on race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression national or ethnic origin.
Harassment can include hostile or intimidating verbal or written communications, physical threats or intimidating conduct based on a person’s race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression national or ethnic origin that adversely affects the individual and that interferes with a person’s ability to function successfully in her or his academic, work, or social life at Rhodes. Freedom of expression does not include the right to intentionally and maliciously aggravate, intimidate, ridicule or humiliate another person.
It is necessary to consider the intentions and knowledge of the alleged offender in determining whether harassment in violation of this policy has occurred. Even if you don’t know who is responsible for the incident, it is important for students to report incidents of alleged harassment to the Associate Dean of Students/Discrimination and Harassment Policy Administrator.
Both discrimination and harassment may be subject to legal action based on applicable laws. Any act that is thought to constitute a crime should be reported to the Director of Human Resources and the Director of Campus Safety.
Retaliation – Anyone who retaliates against any individual making complaints of discrimination or harassment, or anyone making a false or malicious charge against an employee or student of Rhodes College is in violation of this policy and will be subject to sanctions accordingly.