What is Discrimination?

Discrimination is conduct that deprives an individual of a benefit of employment or educational opportunity on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status (Veteran is defined as a person who serves or has served in any branch of the U.S. military, including ROTC.), political affiliation, or political philosophy.

Find information on protected class definitions at CU Boulder.

Examples of protected class discrimination:

  • During a tenure review committee meeting Pat, a tenured faculty member, says, "I do not think Susie should be given tenure because she has three children and is obviously not devoted to her research."  Susie was denied tenure because of Pat's statement.
  • Tony was not interviewed for a position because he wears a crucifix.
  • Mark was not considered for promotion because he is hearing impaired. Mark has the same qualifications and experience as other candidates and he can perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

What should I do if I think I have experienced or witnessed discrimination based on a protected class?

Contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.

What CU Policy covers protected class discrimination and harassment?

The CU Boulder Discrimination and Harassment Policy.