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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: