Discrimination is defined as the unjust or preferential treatment of another wholly or partially because of the person’s membership in a protected class. When brought to the attention of the University, such discrimination will be appropriately addressed and remedied. Sanctions for discrimination and other forms of discriminatory misconduct may range from warning through expulsion (for students) or termination of employment (for faculty and staff employees).
In addition to the definition of discrimination per se provided above, the following behaviors are also prohibited as forms of discrimination when the misconduct is based on the affected party’s actual or perceived membership in a protected class:
1. Abusive Conduct
Abusive conduct is defined as any intentional conduct that inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily harm or severe emotional harm upon any person, any reckless action that could result in bodily harm, and/or any action that would reasonably cause another to be fearful that their health or safety is in immediate danger.
Bullying is defined as antagonistic and unwelcome behavior towards another that is severe or repeated and that would be likely to intimidate, hurt, demean, defame, control, or diminish a reasonable person. Bullying may include the use of slurs, epithets, and derogatory terms.
3. Discriminatory Harassment and/or Hostile Environment
Discriminatory harassment is defined as unwelcome and objectively offensive conduct on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class. Loyola may remedy any form of discriminatory harassment when reported, whether or not the behavior rises to the level of creating a hostile environment.
A hostile environment is one that unreasonably interferes with, limits, or denies an individual’s educational or employment access, benefits, or opportunities. When discriminatory harassment is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates a hostile environment for any individual or group, Loyola may also impose sanctions on the responsible party.
4. Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is usually a form of gender-based misconduct, and is therefore primarily addressed in Section VII.B. Sexual Misconduct. However, in some circumstances, such violence may be based on some protected status other than sex, such as violence between two roommates that is motivated by racial or other discrimination.
5. Failure to Accommodate for Disability
Loyola is committed to making reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, in compliance with applicable state and federal disability laws. Any individual who has followed the proper University procedures but believes they have not been accommodated as required by law may report the matter to the OEC for investigation.
Hazing is defined as actions or activities often associated with initiation or group associations which inflict or attempt to cause mental or physical harm or anxieties; or which demean, degrade, or disgrace any person regardless of location, intent, or consent of participants.
Intimidation is defined as implied threats or acts that cause an unreasonable fear of harm in another.
8. Other Discriminatory Misconduct
Violation of any other University policy may fall within this section when the violation is motivated by the affected party’s actual or perceived membership in a protected class.