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.
For questions related to discrimination, please refer to the Discrimination FAQs linked below. You may also email email@example.com or call 435-797-1266.
For USU's non-discrimination policy, see equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination.
Reporting Options & Obligations
USU encourages you to report discrimination or harassment based on protected class(es) to the Office of Equity at equity.usu.edu.
A person seeking action by the Office of Equity must file a formal complaint within 180 days of the alleged discrimination or retaliation or their options to address the conduct may be more limited.
Supervisors are required to report protected class discrimination and harassment if one or more of their employees are involved or it occurs in their unit. Employees should also report discrimination involving students they advise.
The Office of Equity’s authority is limited to protected class-based discrimination and/or harassment. Misconduct or mistreatment that is not based on a protected class may be referred to the appropriate administrator for action under other applicable university policies.
The Office of Equity may be able to provide Supportive Measures (including academic and employment accommodations, no contact agreements, etc.) to individuals who have experienced protected class discrimination at USU or who are involved in the grievance process.
The Office of Equity grievance process for protected class discrimination and/or harassment formal complaints is an administrative process, which is different than a criminal process. It includes earlier resolutions and formal investigations.
Although the Office of Equity may conduct training with someone who is allegedly engaging in discrimination, without a formal complaint resulting in an earlier resolution or formal investigation the office will generally be unable to take action to address discrimination.
More information about the grievance process is available in USU Policy 305.