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PDFWAC 172-121-302

Abuse, threats, bullying, and harassment.

(1) Abuse. Assault and other forms of physical abuse. Assault is intentionally touching or striking another person in a harmful or offensive way.
(2) Threats. A threat is any conduct and/or speech that, when viewed objectively, threatens bodily harm to another person or that endangers the health or safety of another person. If the threat primarily involves speech, the speaker also must have consciously disregarded a substantial, unjustifiable risk that the communications could be viewed as threatening violence.
(3) Bullying. Bullying is behavior that is:
(a) Intentional;
(b) Targeted at an individual or group; and
(c) Creates an intimidating and/or threatening environment that is so severe or pervasive, and objectively offensive, that it substantially interferes with another's ability to work, study, participate in, or benefit from the university's programs and activities.
(4) Discriminatory harassment. Physical, verbal, electronic, or other conduct based on an individual's race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship or immigration status, disability, or veteran status when one of the conditions outlined in subsection (3)(a) or (b) of this section are present:
(a) Submission to, or rejection of such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of a person's instruction, academic standing, employment, or participation in any university program, activity, or benefit, or is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personnel decisions; or
(b) Such conduct creates a hostile environment. A hostile environment is created when the conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive, and objectively offensive, that it unreasonably interferes with an individual's academic or work performance, ability to participate in or benefit from the university's programs, services, opportunities, or activities. Unreasonable interference is viewed from both a subjective and objective standard.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.35.120(12). WSR 24-01-030, § 172-121-302, filed 12/8/23, effective 1/8/24; WSR 23-01-027, § 172-121-302, filed 12/9/22, effective 1/9/23.]
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