Prohibited Discrimination

DISCRIMINATION: Discrimination is partiality or bias in the treatment of a person or group that is unfair or illegal. Not all discrimination is illegal. One can be subject to unfair treatment that is not illegal under University policy or state or federal law. An example would be being treated unfairly because someone doesn’t like you or because of your political affiliations. Discrimination in violation of university policy is treating someone differently based on a protected class. A protected class is a group of people protected against discrimination by University policy or by State and Federal law. At the University of Utah, the protected classes are:   Color, Race, Ethnicity, National Origin, Age, Religion, Disability, Veteran’s Status, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Genetic Information..

HARASSMENT, INCLUDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT:  For more information about discriminatory harassment, click here

RETALIATION:  University policy prohibits retaliation against an individual for having made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, hearing, or proceeding under the university’s nondiscrimination policies or for interfering with the rights of individuals under the university’s nondiscrimination policies.  Examples of retaliation include:

  • demoting,  disciplining, or harassing an employee because the employee files or reports discrimination or sexual misconduct to OEO/AA.
  • interfering with witnesses or others who may be interviewed as part of an investigation
  • giving a lower grade because a student does not accede to sexual advances

If you believe you have experienced discriminatory conduct, including sexual misconduct, or retaliation , you may file a complaint with our office.