14.9 Isolated Behavior

(Amended 9/18)

This section addresses isolated behavior that does not rise to the level of a violation of this policy. However, it should be understood that isolated behavior that is sufficiently severe can constitute harassment in violation of this policy. The purpose of this section is preventative, in that it authorizes and encourages appropriate intervention designed to avoid a violation of this policy. However, this section shall not apply to constitutionally protected speech as provided in II-14.2c above.

  1. Isolated behavior of the kind described in II-14.2, which does not rise to the level of harassment but which if repeated could rise to that level, demonstrates insensitivity that may warrant remedial measures. Academic or administrative officers who become aware of such behavior in their areas should counsel those who have engaged in the behavior. Such counsel should include a clear statement that the behavior is not acceptable and should cease, information about the potential consequences if such behavior persists, and a recommendation, as appropriate, to undertake an educational program designed to help the person(s) understand the harm caused by the behavior.
  2. After such counseling occurs, if a person continues to engage in the conduct described above in paragraph a, they may be deemed to have engaged in harassment.