Personal abuse, whether oral, written, or physical, is behavior that significantly exceeds the bounds of appropriate discourse and civil conduct. An individual who abuses or harasses another because of his or her race, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ethnic background, religion, expression of opinion, or any other factor irrelevant to participation in the free exchange of ideas exhibits abhorrent behavior. Cornell College defines abusive or harassing behavior as any verbal, written or physical conduct that is sufficiently serious (i.e. severe, persistent or pervasive) as to limit or deny an individual's ability to participate in or benefit from the college's programs. Such behavior is subject to institutional grievance and student conduct procedures.