Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Unlawful or impermissible harassment or discrimination occurs when an individual or a group of individuals are treated less favorably than another individual or group of individuals, based on characteristics or affiliations that are protected by law or policy. These protected characteristics or affiliations include race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, political affiliation, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or genetic information. Such discrimination is incompatible with the mission of the University; furthermore, it is a violation of federal and/or state law and will not be tolerated.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that includes acts of sexual violence. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, protects female, male and gender non-conforming students, faculty and staff from sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence. Sexual violence includes domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.

Retaliation (adverse treatment) against individuals who file a complaint about or otherwise oppose harassment and/or other forms of impermissible discrimination, or who provide information relative to a complaint, or who are involved in the complaint in any way is prohibited.

Unlawful or impermissible harassment, discrimination, and retaliation on a university campus can occur in recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, and other terms, conditions or benefits of employment.

For complete descriptions of the various types of harassment and discrimination, go to TYPES OF HARASSMENT or TYPES OF DISCRIMINATION.