|PERSONAL HARASSMENT, BULLYING, UNCIVIL CONDUCT
Personal harassment includes bullying, ostracizing, shunning, and other forms of uncivil conduct. This is inappropriate and unwelcome behaviour that does not fall under one of the protected grounds enumerated in the BC Human Rights Code
but is nevertheless unacceptable in a university community.
Like human rights-based harassment, personal harassment, bullying, and uncivil conduct are behaviours that are unwelcome to the recipient, found to be offensive and demeaning, and would be considered by a reasonable person to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for work, study and other university-related activities.
POWER DYNAMICS AND HARASSMENT
Understanding discrimination and harassment and their impact on individuals and organizations requires a grasp of how power can be misused. The dynamics of power are complex, with individuals and groups holding varying degrees of power according to factors such as social standing, role or position within an organization, length of service, and group affiliation. With that in mind:
Harassment may occur between people of the same and different status within the university community, and both women and men may be the subject of harassment by members of either sex.
EXAMPLES OF PERSONAL HARASSMENT, BULLYING, AND UNCIVIL CONDUCT
When directed at an individual or individuals, the following behaviours are considered to be personal harassment:
Abuse of authority
Acts of intimidation or coercion
Disparaging remarks about an individual
Excessively critical or disrespectful comments, actions or gestures
Explicit threats or gestures
Ganging up on or "mobbing" someone
Hostile or aggressive behaviour
- Inappropriate and unwarranted rudeness
Loud, angry outbursts
- Malicious gossip or slander
Ostracizing, shunning, or singling someone out
- Subjecting someone to personal humiliation or insults
Threatened or actual acts of physical violence
Use of profanity or obscenities
- Verbal abuse, taunts, or malicious teasing