Discriminatory harassment or any act of ragging – unwelcome verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct directed against any person or group, based upon colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or targeted to fresher’s that has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively hostile working or academic environment. A hostile environment is created when harassment is as severe, pervasive, or persistent as to unreasonably interfere with or limit an individual's employment or educational opportunities.

Harassment must be distinguished from behaviour which, even though unpleasant or disconcerting, is appropriate to the carrying out of certain instructional, advisory, or supervisory responsibilities.