The College recognizes that the protection of free and open speech and the open exchange of ideas are vital to the academic community. This recognition is, therefore, an important element in the "reasonable person" standard used in judging whether harassment has occurred. This policy is meant neither to proscribe nor to inhibit discussion, in or out of the classroom, of complex, controversial or sensitive matters, when in the judgment of a reasonable person they arise appropriately and with respect for the dignity of others. The College also recognizes, however, that verbal conduct can be used specifically to intimidate or coerce and to inhibit genuine discourse, free inquiry, and learning. Such abuses are unacceptable. If a student believes that another's speech or writing is offensive, wrong or hurtful, he or she is encouraged to express that judgment in the exercise of his or her own free speech or bring the matter to the attention of the Residence Life or Security staff when appropriate, who will proceed in accordance with procedures outlined in the Student Conduct Code.
This policy is intended to protect all Green Mountain College students and applies to the conduct of Green Mountain College students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Any student who feels that he or she has been harassed or retaliated against as defined in this policy may file a formal grievance with the Vice President of Student Life, or, where applicable, the College's Title IX or Section 504 Coordinators, as identified herein. If a complaint is against a Green Mountain College administrator, staff member or faculty member, the Vice President of Student Life, Title IX Coordinator or Section 504 Coordinator will refer the complaint for handling to the appropriate College official or office. Students should note that sexual harassment is also separately addressed in the College's Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Green Mountain College defines hazing as any physical, mental, emotional, or psychological act which occurs on- or off-campus and subjects another person, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything that may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harass, or intimidate him/her; or may in any fashion compromise his/her inherent dignity as a person. Also, the requirement by any student or organization member that another member or student participate in any activity which is against College policy or state/federal law will be defined as hazing. Every student on the campus has the right to be free from the humiliation and danger of hazing. Hazing is socially irresponsible and contrary to the mission, values, and community standards of the College.