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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 person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity
Alison Adams-Perlac 
Old Main Rm. 161

Title IX Coordinator
Hilary Renshaw
Old Main Rm. 161

For further information on notice of non-discrimination:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights

Reporting Discrimination

At times, employees or students may perceive that their individual rights have been violated with respect to policies or that they have been treated unfairly. 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.

Report discrimination online

Discrimination Defined

Utah State University provides equal employment opportunities and prohibits 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
  • Retaliation

These demographic traits 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 sexual harassment policies apply to students, staff, faculty and other academic personnel. These policies help to facilitate an academic environment free of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment.

Policy 339: Sexual Harassment 
Policy 303: Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
Policy 305: Discrimination Complaints

How the Office of Equity (Title IX) Addresses Discrimination

  • Acting as the Title IX Coordinator for the university. 
  • Receiving, investigating, evaluating, processing, 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.