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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression

Federal & State Laws, Definitions & Resources


Title IX prohibits harassing conduct that is of a sexual nature if it is unwelcome and denies or limits a student's ability to participate in or benefit from a school's program, regardless of whether the harassment is aimed at gay or lesbian students or is perpetrated by individuals of the same or opposite sex. Title IX does not address discrimination or other issues related to sexual orientation.

The DOJ Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section addresses sex-based discrimination and harassment, including discrimination and harassment based on not conforming with gender stereotypes.

Faculty & Staff

The EEOC enforces Title VII, which prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, and any other term or condition of employment.

Campus Resources

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides active oversight, coordination,
and evaluation of the University of Maryland’s equity, diversity and inclusion activities; manages and tracks implementation of the Strategic Plan for Diversity; and encourages and supports the efforts of units to achieve their diversity goals.

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