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Discrimination and Harassment

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.

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 Title IX Coordinator at stacy.sturgeon@usu.edu for more information.

The Title IX/AA/EO office addresses discrimination by:

  • 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 AA/EO-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.