Non-Discrimination Policies

University Non-Discrimination Policies

The University of Arizona has a variety of non-discrimination policies, applying to all students, staff, faculty, vendors, and contractors. 

“The University of Arizona is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination. In support of this commitment, the University prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, based on a protected classification, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. The University encourages anyone who believes he or she has been the subject of discrimination to report the matter immediately as described in the section below, “Reporting Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation.” All members of the University community are responsible for participating in creating a campus environment free from all forms of prohibited discrimination and for cooperating with University officials who investigate allegations of policy violations.”

“The University of Arizona is committed to fostering a learning, working, and living environment free from all forms of discrimination, including harassment. The University’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The policy also prohibits retaliation for opposing discriminatory conduct, filing a discrimination-related complaint, or participating in the investigation of a discrimination-related complaint.”

If you have concerns about discrimination or harassment related to a University employee, contractor/vendor, or visitor, please contact:
Office of Institutional Equity, University Services Building #217, (520) 621-9449
Assistant Vice President for Equity Compliance and Title IX Coordinator: Mary Beth Tucker

If you have concerns about discrimination or harassment related to a student, please contact:
Dean of Students Office, Robert L. Nugent Building, (520) 621-7057
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students: Kendal Washington White

You can contact these offices anonymously to receive information or ask questions. If possible, please file complaints promptly as there are restrictive statute of limitations in the state of Arizona.

Mandatory Reporting

Most university employees–including graduate teaching assistants (TAs)–are responsible for promptly reporting any concern of sex discrimination related to a student to the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Coordinators, UAPD, or staff in the Office of Institutional Equity or Dean of Students Office. See the Reporting Responsibility for Employees page.

Employees are encouraged to report to the most appropriate person given their understanding of the concern which has been raised. If you are unsure who to report to please report any emergency/crisis/crime to UAPD (911) and any non-emergency to the Title IX Coordinator.

City of Tucson Non-Discrimination Policies

City of Tucson policies are more detailed and inclusive of protected categories than state of Arizona non-discrimination laws.  Discrimination in Tucson is unwelcome, illegal and will not be tolerated by the City.   Individuals who have complaints based on gender identity, sexual orientation, ancestry, familial status, or marital status may file a complaint with the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs from any size business within the Tucson City limits. See the Chapter 17 Complaints page.

State of Arizona Non-Discrimination Policies

Arizona and federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin. See the State Equal Opportunity Guidelines and Manual.

Anyone who believes they have been the subject of employment discrimination may file a charge of discrimination with:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)— in most cases within 300 days of alleged discriminatory act, but in some cases the deadline is 180 days from the alleged discriminatory act.
Arizona Civil Rights Division (ACRD) of the Attorney General’s Office—within 180 days of alleged discriminatory act.

After a charge is filed, an investigation is generally conducted by the agency, at no cost to the person filing the complaint.

Federal Non-Discrimination Policies 

Under Federal law, employers generally cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of race, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, disability (physical or mental), age, military service of affiliation, bankruptcy or bad debts, genetic information, or citizenship status. See the Laws Enforced by EEOC page.