Race, Color and National Origin Discrimination

As outlined in the university’s nondiscrimination statement, no university student, faculty or staff member may, on the basis of their race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any university program or activity (see page 6 for examples of university programs and activities). Conduct that has such an effect and that consists of different treatment of students, faculty or staff on the basis of race, color or national origin violates university policy.

For example, a student could not be denied the opportunity to participate in a student organization solely because the student is from a particular country or has ancestors from a particular country. See examples of prohibited discrimination for more examples of the types of race, color and national origin discrimination prohibited by the university.

Hostile Environment Race,
Color or National Origin Harassment

The university will not tolerate harassment on the basis of race, color or national origin. A hostile environment of this type is defined as an environment that, through harassing conduct, becomes sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from a university program or activity. See page 6 for examples of university programs and activities.

To determine whether a hostile environment exists, the university examines the context, nature, scope, frequency, duration, and location of incidents, as well as the identity, number, and relationships of the persons involved. Another factor in determining if a hostile environment exists is whether, on balance, the harassing conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent as to alter the conditions of the environment and create an abusive environment, when judged both objectively (meaning that a “reasonable person” would find the environment hostile) and subjectively (meaning the affected individual felt the environment was hostile). In some cases, a single incident may be so severe as to create a hostile environment. Such incidents may include injury to persons or property, or conduct threatening injury to persons or property.

See the discussion of Hostile Environment Harassment for additional information about unlawful harassment.


The university cannot address harassment on the basis of race, color or national origin unless it is aware it is occurring. Once the university has notice, it has a responsibility to respond. The response will be designed to determine whether the behavior at issue is discriminatory harassment and, if yes, the university will take action reasonably calculated to prevent recurrence and ensure that individuals are not restricted in their participation in or receipt of benefits of any university program or activity.

Where to go for Help

If you believe you are experiencing race, color or national origin 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 race, color or national origin discrimination or harassment. 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.