Discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sex stereotyping), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic information, gender status, or military service (henceforth, the "Protected Factors") is in conflict with the mission of the College and is strictly prohibited by its policy. Hampshire College is strongly committed to building an inclusive environment and will not tolerate any actions of any individual that violate this policy.
Discrimination and harassment in many instances violate Massachusetts statutes and federal laws as well, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Discrimination and harassment are understood to comprise any one or more of the following actions and courses of conduct between persons:
- Physically assaulting, or threatening to assault, any person because of the Protected Factors.
- Causing any person to have reason to believe that by virtue of the Protected Factors or membership in one or more of the aforementioned groups they will be prevented from pursuing a chosen activity.
- Making written or oral statements designed to produce in members of the aforementioned groups fear for their physical safety or fear that freedom of movement or expression would be restricted; or making written or oral statements that can reasonably be supposed to have this effect. Threatening language is expressly prohibited.
- Directing at an individual or person, present or absent, language that grossly offends or insults such individual or groups on the basis of the Protected Factors.
- Denying academic, social, recreational, housing, employment, health service, or other College opportunity or service on the basis of the Protected Factors, or any action or statement that might lead any member of any such group to reasonably expect that access to such opportunities or services might be denied to them on such a basis.
- Retaliating against any person who is participating in any complaint involving discrimination or harassment.
- Using different standards of evaluation for academic work, suitability for employment or promotion, or job performance because of the Protected Factors.
- Any similar actions designed to degrade, insult, threaten, or harm one or more members of the aforementioned groups, or which can reasonably be expected to have these effects.
With regard to language used in classrooms and other teaching/learning contexts, at the same time that we stress that unreasonable constraints on either scholarship, academic freedom (of teachers and learners), and creative work would be chilling in an academic environment, individuals weighing the use of offensive language for an ostensible educational or creative purpose should proceed with care.