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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.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

USU is committed to maintaining an educational and working environment free from discrimination and harassment, including maintaining an environment in which no student, faculty or staff member is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its programs and activities as a result of one’s gender. The university has an obligation to take immediate and effective steps to eliminate  gender discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Students and employees at USU have the right to work and learn in an academic environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment or violence and misconduct. We aim to reduce the occurrence of sexual assault on campus by creating a community intolerant of sexual violence.

USU’s sexual harassment policies (USU policies 339 and 305) apply to students, staff, faculty and other academic personnel.  These policies help to facilitate an academic environment free of sexual violence and harassment. Learn more about how USU defines harassment and sexual misconduct in USU’s policy 339 definitions.

The university is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex. We respond to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, as part of our efforts to stop the harassment and prevent the recurrence of possible sex discrimination. An individual who has question or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact the Title IX Coordinator at 435-797-1266.

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.

How the Title IX/AA/EO Office 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 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.