Discrimination and Harassment
Notice of Non-discrimination
In its programs and activities, Utah State University does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law.
The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:
Executive Director of the Office of Equity
Old Main Rm. 161
Title IX Coordinator
Old Main Rm. 161
For further information on notice of non-discrimination:
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Any member of the Utah State University community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint regarding discrimination, including sexual harassment, without fear of retaliation. In these cases, USU seeks to provide individuals with the opportunity to resolve their concerns both promptly and equitably. If you feel you are experiencing harassing conduct or discrimination, the most important thing you can do is to get help.
Please contact the Office of Equity Director for more information.
Utah State University provides equal employment and educational opportunities and does not tolerate any form of:
- Discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, age, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, genetic information or otherwise, as provided by state or federal law.
- Harassment, including sexual harassment, that is based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, age, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, genetic information or otherwise, as provided by state or federal law.
- Retaliation for reporting incidents of discrimination or sexual harassment or engaging in other forms of protected activity.
The demographic traits listed above are commonly referred to as protected classes (policy 303). If you are subjected to an adverse academic or employment action based upon one or more of the protected classes, discrimination may have occurred.
USU Policies on Discrimination
USU’s policies apply to students, employees, and participants in USU programs and activities. These policies help to facilitate a working and/or learning environment free of discrimination and sexual harassment.
How the Office of Equity (Title IX) Addresses Discrimination
- Acting as the Title IX Coordinator for the university.
- Receiving, investigating, evaluating, and assisting in the resolution of illegal discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) issues and complaints.
- Providing training on affirmative action, illegal discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment), valuing diversity and "differences," and other Office of Equity-related topics to a variety of audiences, including students, staff, faculty, and community.
- Developing affirmative action policies, plans, and programs at USU aimed at increasing employment opportunities for underrepresented groups of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.
- Monitoring the representation and status of women and minorities who are prospective or current faculty or staff.