Some harassment is not based on human rights grounds yet is still harassment. This form of harassment is often referred to as personal harassment or bullying or psychological harassment.
The Capilano University Respectful Learning and Working Environment Statement describes Personal Harassment as: "...objectionable and unwanted behaviour that is verbally or physically abusive, vexatious, or hostile, that is without reasonable justification, and that creates a hostile or intimidating environment for learning or working."
Personal harassment may be intentional or unintentional and although it usually involves repeated acts, a single serious incident may make the act harassment.
Another definition of personal harassment comes from the Equity Office at UBC which defines it a "behaviour that humiliates, intimidates, excludes, and isolates an individual or group, but is not based on one of the BC Human Rights Code's thirteen grounds of prohibited discrimination."
Bullying is generally considered to be a type of personal harassment and includes:
See the University's Respectful Learning and Working Environment Statement (.pdf) for more definitions and options. See also the Off-Campus page for more information on bullying.
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