Hostile and intimidating behavior (HIB) is defined in university policy as “unwelcome behavior pervasive or severe enough that a reasonable person would find it hostile and/or intimidating.” HIB can occur in both the private and public sectors, including at colleges and universities. Individual instances of such behavior can have a significant effect on the person it’s aimed at and can take a physical and emotional toll, reducing the effectiveness of a person’s work and hampering the ability of individuals to do their work. HIB can occur both within and across employment sectors – ie. faculty on faculty, faculty on staff – and across power differentials in any university setting.
Regardless of when and how it happens, it must be addressed and corrected. Hostile and intimidating behavior is prohibited by university policy. For more information about prevention or addressing hostile and intimidating behaviors, visit https://hr.wisc.edu/hib/.