Are you a member of a protected class?

Unlawful or Impermissible Harassment is unfair treatment based upon an individual's membership in a protected class.

Most people belong to at least five protected classes and some of us belong to more. It is possible for one individual to belong to all 13.

How many do you belong to?

Check each category that applies to some aspect of your being or life, and then enter a total.

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Race: a local, geographic or global human population distinguished as a more or less distinct group by genetically physical characteristics; any group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality or geographical distribution
Color: regarding the complexion of a person’s skin
National Origin: characteristic of the people of a nation; of or relating to ancestral beginnings who share a common language, culture, ancestry, and/or other similar social characteristics
Sex: the condition or character of being biologically male or female
Age: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older
Disability: a physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental or some combination of these that creates a physical or mental impairment
Genetic information: an individual’s genetic test results and the genetic test results of an individual’s family members, as well disclosure of the manifestation of disease or disorder in an individual’s family medical history
Sexual orientation: an enduring emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional attraction to another person
Gender Identity: one's self-identification or inner sense of themselves as a man or a woman, as opposed to one's anatomical sex at birth. This identity can be male, female, or neither.
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Religion: the expression of one’s belief in and/or reverence for a superhuman power recognized as the creator and/or governor of the universe; or lack thereof
Creed: a statement or system of belief, principles or opinions that can be political, social, or religious
Gender Expression: the outward manifestation of one’s gender. (Note: gender identity and gender expression may be different and therefore the expression may not correspond with the identity.)
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Veteran: a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces, and has direct exposure to acts of military conflict and has been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
Political affiliation: association with a particular political party such as Republican, Democrat, or Independent.
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Retaliation: adverse action against an individual who filed a complaint about or otherwise opposed harassment or other forms of discrimination, or provided information relative to a complaint, or was involved in the complaint in any way.

Unfair treatment based on any of the protected classes listed above, whether unlawful or impermissible, is just plain wrong and will not be tolerated at Appalachian State University.