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How SU’s harassment policy compares to other universities

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Syracuse University’s anti-harassment policy faced critique from #NotAgainSU protesters, who demanded revisions to the policy as the campus experienced an onslaught of at least 16 hate crimes and bias-related incidents.

Chancellor Kent Syverud agreed to meet nearly all 19 demands of the black student-led movement as written, including the measure that urged university officials to revise or clarify its hate speech policy to clearly denounce the targeted use of hate speech. The protesters occupied the Barnes Center at The Arch for eight days in response to the hate crimes and bias-related incidents, which targeted black, Asian, Jewish and indigenous people.

SU’s policy on harassment resembles those of its 23 peer institutions, but each policy differs based on the institution’s own values.

Here’s a look at how SU defines different forms of harassment compared to its peer institutions:

Defining harassment

SU defines harassment as unwelcome conduct or speech directed at an individual or group of individuals based on a protected category. A protected category is a personal characteristic that is protected by law and includes an individual’s race, color, religion, sex or gender.

The conduct or speech has to be deemed so severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance and social living.

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