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Washington State University Office for Equal Opportunity


Discrimination on the basis of a protected class is prohibited by WSU Executive Policy 15 (EP 15). Discrimination includes improper conduct toward a particular individual, individuals, or groups on the basis of a protected class that is sufficient severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of:

  • Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or
  • Unreasonably interfering with work, academic performance, living environment, personal security, or participation in any WSU activity.

EP 15 includes the following protected classes:

  • Race
  • Sex/gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender Identity/Expression
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Color
  • Creed
  • National or ethnic origin
  • Physical, mental, or sensory disability, including disability requiring the use of a trained service animal
  • Marital Status
  • Genetic Information
  • Status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military

Examples may include, but are not limited to, sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive:

  • Harassment
  • Denial of educational or employment opportunities
  • Treating individuals differently
  • Name calling, jokes, or other verbal or physical behavior
  • Following a practice that disproportionately impacts one group

If you have been subjected to discrimination or you become aware of discrimination, OEO may be able to assist you.  Learn more about OEO and WSU policies and procedures regarding discrimination:

Notice of Non-discrimination

WSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Kimberly Anderson, Executive Director of Compliance
Office for Equal Opportunity
PO Box 641022
Pullman, WA 99164-1022


You may also contact the WSU Office for Equal Opportunity by visiting their office, located in the French Administration Building, Room 225, Pullman, Washington, or by calling 509-335-8288.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the following website for the address and phone number of the federal office that serves your area, Office of Civils Rights , or call 1-800-421-3481.