Unlawful discrimination and harassment

Commitment to freedom from discrimination

NSHE and the University of Nevada, Reno, are committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color, or religion (protected classes).

The University of Nevada, Reno,  does not discriminate on the basis of protected classes in any education program or activity that it operates.  Non-discrimination on the basis of protected classes is mandated by Federal law.  The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination in its education programs and activities extends to applicants for admission and employment.

Inquiries concerning the application of these provisions may be referred to (or to both):  

Zeva R Edmondson, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator

University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Continuing Education Building
Room 206
m/s 158
Reno, Nevada 89557-0158

Telephone: (775) 784-1547

The Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100

Telephone: (800) 421-3481
FAX: (202) 453-6012;
TDD: (800) 877-8339;

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The University of Nevada, Reno values every member of our Wolf Pack community. We want every member of The Pack to be treated with dignity and respect.

Therefore, University policies prohibit discrimination based on a person's age, disability, gender, military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color, or religion.

1. Age discrimination

Policies prohibit unfairly considering a person's age when making employment or educational decisions or harassing or mistreating a student, employee, or applicant because of their age.

2. Disability

Policies require the reasonable accommodation of individuals with disabilities unless such accommodations would impose an undue burden on the institution, or would fundamentally alter the program in question. Individuals cannot be treated unfairly because of an actual or perceived physical or mental disability.

3. Gender/sexual orientation

An individual cannot be treated differently or less favorably because of their gender. Sexual orientation discrimination includes being treated differently or harassed because of your real or perceived sexual orientation—whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual or other.

4. Gender identity/gender expression

Policies prohibit discrimination based on gender identity—an individual's self-identified gender, versus anatomical sex at birth. Gender expression discrimination (relating to a person's behavior, mannerisms, interests, or appearance as linked to gender) is also prohibited.

5. Genetic information

Genetic information cannot be used to make employment or academic decisions. Genetic information includes information about an individual’s genetic tests as well as family medical history. However, in certain circumstances, it may be permissible to acquire family medical history as part of the certification process for FMLA.

6. Military status/military obligations

University policies prohibit discriminatory treatment of students or employees based on past, present, or future service in the "uniformed services," whether involuntarily or voluntarily.

7. National origin

Policies prohibit the unequal treatment of individuals because they are from a particular country or part of the world, because of their ethnicity or accent, or because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background (even if they are not).

8. Religion

University policies prohibit discrimination or harassment of individuals because of their religious beliefs. The University will reasonably accommodate the religious needs of its employees and students if such accommodation does not pose an undue burden on the University.

9. Race/color

Racial discrimination occurs when an individual is subjected to unequal treatment or harassment because of their color, or their actual or perceived race. Policies or practices that have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a particular race may be considered discriminatory, even if they appear neutral.

10. Retaliation

It is unlawful to treat an individual negatively because that individual has, in good faith, exercised their rights under the policy to complain of alleged discrimination or sexual harassment, or has provided information in an investigation about behavior that may violate University policies.

You have the right to report unlawful discrimination to the University. To file a report, or to inquire about accommodations or resources, visit us online at  www.unr.edu/eotix.

EO/TIX assists with religious accommodations and reasonable accommodations for employees with qualifying disabilities.  EO/TIX also provides resources for Undocumented and DACA students, and provides Training and various workshops for students, employees, and student organizations.  For more information, please call the Equal Opportunity and Title IX office at (775) 784-1547.