Policy Name:  Harassment

Policy Number: STU-7012

Effective:  Legacy

Revised: Not applicable 

Policy Statement


In Pennsylvania, the general harassment law is defined as the intent to harass, annoy or alarm another if the person:

  • strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same;
  • follows the other person in or about a public place or places;
  • engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;
  • communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures;
  • communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner;
  • communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours; or
  • communicates repeatedly in a manner other than specified in paragraphs (4), (5) and (6).

Holy Family University will apply this definition in its determination of reported incidences of harassment.