unwelcome conduct, based upon an individual's membership in
a protected class, that is either a condition of working or
learning (quid pro quo) or creates a hostile environment. Harassment
is a form of discrimination. See the Unlawful
Harassment Policy Statement for the official University definition.
conduct causing any interference, coercion, restraint, or reprisal
against a person complaining of harassment or participating
in the resolution of a complaint of harassment. Retaliation
prohibited through the discrimination and harassment policies
Class: a group of people who share common characteristics
and are protected from discrimination and harassment. Some
have the backing of federal and/or state laws. See NC
Classes for more information.
These are guidelines developed by the British Sociological Association that capture many of the nuances of language issues related to discrimination and harassment, particularly related to race, color and national origin. Though presented from a British perspective, they are useful and valuable.
on Anti-Sexist Language: This
information was developed by the University of Connecticut
Women's Studies Program and
words and phrases to use in everyday conversation and written works.
Language: This site, compiled by a graduate student at the
University of Pennsylvania, discusses Gender-Neutral Language and provides
Random House provides a guide to sensitive language that includes
sections on Sex, Race, Ethnicity and National Origin,
Disability, Age, and Sexual Orientation. Of particular interest is
and Offensive Language: This site, hosted by Virginia
Tech, provides a basic list of offensive language and acceptable
substitutes related to persons
This site provides some general guidelines for body language.
The approach to proper body etiquette acknowledges that non-verbal
communication is often just as important as verbal communication.