Gender Discrimination

Sex (Gender)

Discrimination and harassment are also prohibited on the basis of a person’s gender. For example, if a woman applied for a job on campus and was deemed the most qualified, yet was not hired because the hiring official was more comfortable working with men, the woman would have been discriminated against on the basis of her gender. Gender discrimination can occur when persons are excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any university program or activity because of their gender.

See examples of prohibited discrimination for more examples of the types of gender discrimination prohibited by the university.


The university’s policy prohibiting gender discrimination also prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and childbirth. See examples of prohibited discrimination for examples of the types of pregnancy discrimination prohibited by the university.

Hostile Environment
Gender Harassment

The university will not tolerate the creation or existence of an environment that is hostile on the basis of gender. Such a hostile environment is defined as harassing conduct (e.g., physical, verbal, graphic or written) related to gender that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to (1) interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the university’s programs and activities or (2) unreasonably interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance by creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment. Whether the harassing conduct is considered severe, persistent or pervasive depends upon the context in which the behavior occurred. For further discussion of what constitutes a hostile environment, please refer to the discussion of hostile environment in Section XIII.

Where to go for Help

If you believe you are experiencing gender discrimination or harassment, you are encouraged to contact the appropriate university official (dean, director, HR Representative, etc.) and/or the Office of Institutional Equity (see contact information in Section XIX). There are also many resources on campus that provide assistance, support and information to individuals experiencing gender discrimination. A list of these offices and a brief description of their services appear in Section XIX. If you are unsure which office to contact, contact the office that seems most appropriate, and that office will either assist you or help you make contact with a university office that can.