Bias-related Violence, Harassment, or Intimidation Policy
It is the goal of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology to maintain an environment free of violence, intimidation and harassment. Bias-related behavior based on race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, ethnicity, national origin, physical appearance, disability or sexual orientation assaults the dignity and worth of the individual and will not be tolerated. Indeed, victimization will be actively opposed.
We expect that all members of this community will treat each other with dignity and respect, and that all members of the community will assume the responsibility of appropriately confronting acts of bias-related violence, intimidation and harassment which may occur. This policy statement identifies a non-exhaustive list of examples of behavior that are unacceptable and outlines the procedures for handling violations.
Bias-related violence, intimidation and harassment is defined as verbal, written or physical conduct which is based on race, religion, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, physical appearance, disability or sexual orientation. In addition, such conduct inevitably has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic, co-curricular, social or work-related participation in the college community. Bias-related violence, intimidation and harassment exists, for example, when:
- Behavior is intended to intimidate, insult or stigmatize an individual or group;
- Use is made of provocative words or nonverbal symbols which, by virtue of their form, are commonly understood to convey direct and visceral hatred or contempt for human beings; or
- An act of violence is committed in connection with a bias
Nothing in this definition should be construed as an abrogation of freedom of expression. However, protected freedom of expression ends when prohibited bias-related violence, intimidation or harassment begins.