Discrimination and Harassment

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Alison  Adams-Perlac, JD

Alison Adams-Perlac, JD

Executive Director of the Office of Equity

alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu

Hilary Renshaw, JD

Hilary Renshaw, JD

Title IX Coordinator

hilary.renshaw@usu.edu

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit equity.usu.edu, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education
Denver Regional Office
303-844-5695
OCR.Denver@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
800-421-3481
OCR@ed.gov

Reporting Discrimination

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

Report discrimination online

Discrimination Defined

Utah State University provides equal employment and educational opportunities and does not tolerate 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, that is 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.
  • Retaliation for reporting incidents of discrimination or sexual harassment or engaging in other forms of protected activity.

The demographic traits listed above 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.

USU Policies on Discrimination

USU’s policies apply to students, employees, and participants in USU programs and activities. These policies help to facilitate a working and/or learning environment free of discrimination and sexual harassment.

  • Policy 339: Sexual Harassment
  • Policy 303: Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
  • Policy 305: Discrimination Complaints

How the Office of Equity (Title IX) Addresses Discrimination

  • Acting as the Title IX Coordinator for the university.
  • Receiving, investigating, evaluating, 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 Office of Equity-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.