The University of Kansas is committed to diversity and multiculturalism, eliminating discrimination and creating a more democratic and inclusive community. To carry out the mission of this institution, the university community must provide and maintain a working and learning environment that fosters respect among all members of the community.
What is Discrimination?
Discrimination is treating someone differently based on a protected class. The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information.
KU's nondiscrimination policy extends to employment practices, conditions of employment, personnel actions and all educational programs and activities of the university and its affiliates. It also extends to any retaliatory actions by an individual and associates that may arise as a result of a discrimination complaint.
(See the Discrimination Definitions page for additional explanation.)
Anyone who has experienced or observed discrimination is encouraged to report the incident to the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX.
State and Federal Laws
In addition to violating KU policy and our community standards, discrimination may violate state and federal laws, including:
- Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Equal Pay Act of 1963.
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
- Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
- Executive Order 11246.
- Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.
- Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002.
- Kansas Acts Against Discrimination.
- Other applicable civil rights and nondiscrimination statutes.