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Discrimination

Discrimination

Discrimination

 

The Univeristy of Maryland is committed to creating and maintaining an education, working and living enviroment that is free from discrimination and harassment.


NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY STATEMENT

The University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. This Policy prohibits discrimination on grounds protected under Federal and Maryland law and Board of Regents policies. To the extent protected by law, University programs, activities and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex , gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status or any other legally protected class.

DISABILITY & ACCESSIBILITY POLICY STATEMENT

The University of Maryland is committed to the principle that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of the University, or be subjected to discrimination. The University of Maryland provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals. Reasonable accommodations shall be made in a timely manner and on an individualized and flexible basis. Discrimination against individuals on the grounds of disability is prohibited. The University also strictly prohibits retaliation against persons arising in connection with the assertion of rights under this Policy.

 

DEFINITIONS

Discrimination is unequal treatment based on a legally protected status that is sufficiently serious to unreasonably interfere with or limit an individual's opportunity to participate in or benefit from a University program or activity, or that otherwise adversely affects a term or condition of the individual's employment or education.

Harassment is a form of discrimination (as defined above) that encompasses unwelcome conduct based on a person's protected status. Harassment is conduct that negatively affects the particular individual and also would negatively affect a reasonable person under the same circumstances. Harassment in violation of this Policy depends on the totality of the circumstances, including the nature, frequency, and duration of the conduct in question, the location and context in which it occurs, and the status of the individuals involved. Harassing behaviors may include, but are not limited to, the following, when based on a person's protected status:

  • conduct, whether verbal, physical, written, graphic, or electronic that threatens, intimidates, offends, belittles, denigrates, or shows an aversion toward an individual or group;
  • epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping, jokes or nicknames;
  • written, printed, or graphic material that contains offensive, denigrating, or demeaning comments, or pictures; and
  • the display of offensive, denigrating, or demeaning objects, e-mails, text messages, or cell phone pictures.

Personal appearance means the outward appearance of any person irrespective of sex with regard to hairstyle, beards, or manner of dress. It shall not relate, however, to the requirement of cleanliness, uniforms, or prescribed attire when uniformly applied for admittance to a public accommodation or a class of employees for a customary or reasonable business-related purpose.

Retaliation refers to action that is taken against an individual because they reported discrimination, filed a complaint of discrimination, or participated in an investigation or proceeding concerning a discrimination or complaint.

COMPLAINTS

Individuals who experience discrimination or harassment and identify as a member of a protected class, are encouraged to bring it to the attention of the OCRSM, or report it directly to their supervisor.