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Harassment
  Any conduct that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual or group's educational, living or work environment. It includes conduct relating to race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran's or marital status or any other protected group.
 
Hispanic/Latino
  All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
 
Hostile Work Environment
  As defined by the U.S. Supreme Court, Environment is hostile when it is "permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult that is sufficiently pervasive to alter the conditions of the victim's employment." (510 U.S. 17,21)
 


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Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Federal Race/Ethnicity Code)
  All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
 
Quid Pro Quo (Sexual Harassment)
  "This for that," ie. Demanding sexual favors in exchange for promotions, a raise or good grades.
 
Sexual Harassment
  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed at an employee or student by another when:
  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, academic status, receipt of University services, participation in University activities and programs, or affects the measure of a student's academic performance; or,
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for a decision affecting employment, academic status, receipt of services, participation in University activities and programs, or the measure of a student's academic performance; or,
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with employment opportunities, work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
 
Undue Hardship
  In general, with respect to the provision of a reasonable accommodation, significant difficulty or expense incurred by a contractor. Whether an accommodation is reasonable requires a case-by-case determination.