The image above is provided to help you understand the definition of harassment. More information is included below and can also be accessed at sexualassaultanddiscriminationpolicy.unc.edu.

What is harassment under the University's Policy?

The University prohibits Harassment, which is a type of Discrimination that occurs when verbal, physical,
electronic, or other conduct based on an individual’s Protected Status interferes with that individual’s
(a) educational environment (e.g., admission, academic standing, grades, assignment); (b) work
environment (e.g., hiring, advancement, assignment); (c) participation in a University program or
activity (e.g., campus housing); or (d) receipt of legitimately-requested services (e.g., disability or
religious accommodations), thereby creating Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo
Harassment, as defined below.

Hostile Environment Harassment
Unwelcome conduct based on Protected Status that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it
alters the conditions of education, employment, or participation in a University program or
activity, thereby creating an environment that a reasonable person in similar circumstances
and with similar identities would find hostile, intimidating, or abusive. An isolated incident,
unless sufficiently severe, does not amount to Hostile Environment Harassment.

Quid Pro Quo Harassment
Unwelcome conduct based on Protected Status where submission to or rejection of such
conduct is used, explicitly or implicitly, as the basis for decisions affecting an individual’s
education, employment, or participation in a University program or activity.

For more information, visit sexualassaultanddiscriminationpolicy.unc.edu.

What are examples of harassment?

  • Threatening someone based on their gender identity causing that person to become so fearful that they stop attending classes.
  • Showing up at a coworker’s office on several occasions, yelling at them about a work project and making a series of racial comments each time.

Where can I find help?

If you have experienced harassment, you are encouraged to seek support and report the incident.