1.Purpose

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is committed to the principle that educational and employment decisions should be based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications and should not be based on personal characteristics or beliefs that have no relevance to academic ability or to job performance. Accordingly, UNCG supports policies, curricula and co-curricular activities that encourage understanding of and appreciation for all members of its community.

2.Scope

This policy applies internally (to students, faculty, and staff), as well as to the University’s external relationships with community members and outside organizations. 

3.Policy

UNC Greensboro prohibits unlawful harassment of or discrimination against persons. UNC Greensboro is committed to equal opportunity in education and employment for all persons and will not tolerate any discrimination against or harassment of persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and parental status), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin (including language), political affiliation, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or age.  

The University’s educational and employment practices, programs, and services and its external-facing programs and services are provided in accordance with:  

  • Section 103 of The Code of The University of North Carolina 
  • North Carolina General Statutes 126-16 and 126-17 
  • Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended 
  • Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988 
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973 
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 
  • Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975 
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation 6 C.F.R. Part 19 

The University has in place an Affirmative Action Plan which states the University’s commitment to the concept and practice of equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and parental status), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin (including language), political affiliation, genetic information, veteran status, disability, or age.    

The University will offer resources and assistance to its students, who report that they believe that they have been subject to discriminatory conduct. 

Retaliation Prohibited 

Retaliatory action is against the law and will not be tolerated.  UNC Greensboro is prohibited from retaliating against any person who makes a good faith report of discrimination or on the basis of that person’s participation in any allegation, grievance, investigation, or proceeding related to the report of discriminatory conduct. Every UNC Greensboro employee and student is charged with the responsibility to be aware of and abide by this policy. 

4.Compliance and Enforcement

4.1To File a Complaint

If you think that UNC Greensboro has discriminated against you based on race, color, disability, national origin (including language), disability, sex, (including pregnancy and parental status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, political affiliation, genetic information, or veteran status, you may file a complaint as follows:  

  • Any faculty or staff member who believes they have been treated unfairly based on any of the above characteristics should contact their immediate supervisor, or the next level supervisor if the immediate supervisor is the subject of the allegation. Staff employees can contact Human Resources and Faculty should contact Faculty Personnel Services.  
  • Students should contact the Dean of Students Office.  
  • Public beneficiaries of UNC Greensboro’s external-facing programs may submit a complaint online to the University Compliance Director in the Office of Institutional Integrity and General Counsel.  

You may also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Office for Civil Rights or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL):  

Department of Education (DOE) Office for Civil Rights 
E-Mail: [email protected] 
Fax: (202) 453-6012 
Phone: (800) 421-3481 
US Mail: 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100 
For Additional Information: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html?src=rt  

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 
E-mail: [email protected] (fastest method to submit your complaint)    
Fax: 202-401-4708    
U.S. Mail:   U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties    
Compliance Branch, Mail Stop #0190    
2707 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE    
Washington, D.C. 20528    
For additional information: www.dhs.gov/crcl    
Phone: 202-401-1474, Toll-Free: 1-866-644-8360 

4.2Disciplinary Action

Failure to abide by this policy may subject the violator to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

5.Additional Information

5.1Approval Authority

Chancellor

5.4Contacts for Additional Information and Reporting

  • Responsible Executive: Jerry D. Blakemore, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel 
  • Responsible Administrator: Enyonam K. Williams, Associate General Counsel and University Compliance Director 
  • J. Alan Boyette, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Administration 
  • Brett Carter, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 
  • Tina Vires, Director of Office of Accessibility Resources 
  • Patricia Lynch, Director of Employee Relations and Affirmative Action 

Revisions

Revision Date Revision Summary
09/10/2001 Revised
05/23/2008 Amended
03/09/2015 Amended
04/06/2022 Reviewed by Liaison, confirmed no substantive edits needed
02/19/2024 Updated and Revised

- Discriminatory Conduct. Retrieved 06/24/2024. Official version at https://policy.uncg.edu/university_policies/discriminatory-conduct/. Copyright © 2024 The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.