Prohibited Discrimination

The Office of Equity and Compliance (OEC) oversees compliance with nondiscrimination policies of the Board of Regents and state and federal regulations. The Board of Regents’ policies provide a clear definition of the protected groups of individuals, which is in accordance with federal and state laws.

All UAA community members deserve a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment to pursue their academic and professional goals. OEC takes seriously all reports of discrimination and harassment and encourages both those that are subject to discriminatory conduct or those that witness it to report it. 

Seawolves that speak up help ensure all UAA community members are able to have the experience and support that they deserve.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/ nondiscrimination.

Inquiries about the application of title IX may be referred to the university’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary, or both.

Commonly Asked Questions

  • What Are Protected Classes?

    State Law, Federal Law, and University of Alaska policy set forth criteria under which one is prohibited from being discriminated against or harassing another individual on the basis of (but not limited to):

     

    • Race
    • Religion
    • Color
    • National Origin
    • Citizenship
    • Age
    • Sex
    • Physical and Mental Disability
    •  Veteran Status
    • Marital Status (and changes of marital status)
    • Pregnancy
    • Childbirth or Related Medical Conditions
    • Parenthood
    • Sexual Orientation 
    • Gender Identity 
    • Political Affiliation and Beliefs
    • Genetic Information
  • What is prohibited discrimination and harassment?
    Prohibited discrimination and harassment is any verbal, visual, physical or other conduct that is connected with an individual based on prohibited grounds, such as race, gender, sexual orientation and that conduct impacts the learning or professional environment and/or denies opportunities based on those prohibited grounds, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
  • Where is prohibited discrimination an issue?
    Prohibited discrimination and harassment may exist in every part of university life. It could be your work environment, a class experience, or at a university sponsored event. If you are subject or witness to incidents of discrimination, please reach out to OEC and we will connect you with resources and inform you of your options moving forward.
  • What makes a work environment hostile?
    A work or learning environment is “hostile” when unwelcome verbal, non-verbal, or physical behavior, which is prohibited, is severe or pervasive enough to unreasonably interfere with an employee’s work or a student’s learning or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment to a “reasonable person.” 
  • Do I have to inform someone they offended me prior to submitting a complaint?
    No, a reporter or someone that witnesses prohibited behavior, is not required to confront the other party. However, when possible and it is safe, it can be helpful to advise the alleged harasser of the impact of the behavior and that it is unwelcome.
  • What if the person is just joking and does not intend to offend anyone?
    The intention of the alleged harasser does not matter. If the behavior is offensive to a reasonable person in the position of the one reporting the conduct, it may constitute prohibited discrimination and/or harassment.
  • What should do if I witness prohibited discrimination?
    First, make sure you and/or the target of the discrimination is safe. If the situation is an emergency, please call 911 and/or the University Police Department. Second, please review your reporting options here.
  • What if I am afraid of repercussions from reporting?
    University of Alaska has a zero-tolerance policy regarding retaliation. Both those that were subject to unwelcome or discriminator conduct or those that witnessed the conduct are protected under UAA’s policies.