Summary: Hazing, Harassment, And What To Do About It
What you might think of as "joking around" can be a serious problem if it inhibits
others from participation in study groups or other student activities.
This includes, but is not limited to, derogatory comments about women.
We know this behavior has disrupted the participation of some of our
female physics students in the past and the department is very serious
about curtailing this behavior.
This behavior is prohibited by the UCSB Codes for Student Conduct, in
which it is considered a form of hazing. It can also become a legal case of
sexual harassment. Prohibitions against hazing and harassment extend
beyond campus property, and beyond official UCSB functions. For
example, whether coming from one student repeatedly, or from a group,
demeaning female students in an off-campus informal study group is a
form of hazing and subject to severe repercussions for the offenders.
What to do? Bullying behavior of this sort can be quickly stopped when
offenders are warned about the legal path they are on. An early warning to
offenders is the best approach because action can be taken well before a
situation would be considered sexual harassment.
Experience has shown that targets of this behavior are not eager to report
problems. If any student, male or female, is the target of or witnesses this