3. What constitutes unacceptable behavior?
It is important to have a basic understanding of the policies that inform the university’s stance on issues that could be considered misconduct, harassment or violence. Please familiarize yourself with the policies and some of the related examples below:
Personal harassment can include hostile or offensive comments, or it could mean intimidating or demeaning an individual or group. Personal harassment creates an uncomfortable learning environment for others and can distract them from their studies.
- Commenting on an individual’s physical appearance
- Making fun of someone’s voice
- Sending irritated or angry messages to someone in all caps
- Making negative comments that express resentment and/or suspicion
- Swearing at someone
- Continuing to message someone after they have indicated they do not want to communicate with you
Another form of harassment involves referring to or communicating with an individual or group in an unwelcome way based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and other grounds protected by the Alberta Human Rights Act.
- Referencing a stereotype when describing a teacher or classmate
- Using words like “gay” or “retarded” in your messages
- Addressing someone by a real or perceived identity they hold, such as “the Asian chick,” “that Muslim dude” or “the disabled guy”
Sexual violence involves making threats or actually using violence. Non-consensual and sexual in nature, sexual violence can take several forms, including sexual assault, sexual harassment and indecent exposure. It also includes creating and/or sharing inappropriate drawings, pictures and videos that can be disturbing for others.
- Posting pictures or drawings of a sexual nature (ex. genitalia) in a shared virtual environment
- Sharing pornographic images to a class (ie: via “zoom bombing”)
Sexual Harassment involves making unwanted remarks, which are sexual in nature, or related to the target’s gender or sexuality. The person responsible for the offensive behaviour knows or reasonably ought to know their communication is unwanted and problematic.
- Making sexual comments about a classmate
- Making sexual stereotypes about women, and/or sexual and gender minorities
- Making lewd or sexual gestures while on-camera
- Making sexual advances towards a classmate