Discrimination

USU Policy 305 prohibits discrimination and harassment in employment and education programs and activities including in classrooms and residence halls.

Prohibited discrimination and harassment is treatment based on a person’s protected class(es) that negatively impacts the person’s employment or educational experience.

Protected classes include race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or status as a protected veteran. For more information, visit USU Policy 305.

Discrimination-related retaliation is also prohibited.

Reporting Discrimination

Any member of the Utah State University community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint regarding discrimination or 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 Executive Director for more information.

Report Discrimination Online

Grievance Process

The grievance process is only available in cases in which the individual who alleges discrimination is willing to be named. If a person does not wish to be named, the Office of Equity may only be able to provide support and resources. In rare cases involving a pattern of alleged discrimination, the Office of Equity may need to proceed with an investigation regardless of the person’s consent. 

Incidents that fall within the Office of Equity’s authority may be addressed via an earlier resolution or a formal investigation.

A formal investigation involves an Office of Equity investigator interviewing both parties and any individuals who have information about the incident and reviewing evidence about what happened. The investigator reviews the evidence and issues a report that determines whether, by a preponderance of the evidence, it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred. The parties have an opportunity to respond to the report and the final report may be appealed to a hearing panel. Due to the complicated nature of such complaints, the number of witnesses and information involved, and response periods, a formal investigation can take many months to complete.

An earlier resolution is a voluntary, structured communication between the parties facilitated by an Office of Equity facilitator. The goal of an earlier resolution is to give the parties flexibility to agree on a wide range of outcomes to address the alleged discrimination and any harm that resulted. The earlier resolution does not involve an investigation or hearing and tends to take much less time than an average discrimination investigation.

Please contact the Office of Equity Executive Director for more information.

USU Discrimination Policies

USU’s discrimination policies apply to students, employees, and participants in USU programs and activities

Discrimination Information & Processes