Affirmative Action/Policies Prohibiting Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Students on each campus of the University of Nebraska shall be admitted and enjoy the programs and privileges of the University without regard to individual characteristics other than qualifications for admission, academic performance and conduct in accord with University policies and rules and laws applicable to student conduct.

Employees on each campus of the University of Nebraska shall be employed and equitably treated in regard to the terms and conditions of their employment without regard to individual characteristics other than qualifications for employment, quality of performance of duties and conduct in regard to their employment in accord with University policies and rules and applicable law.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is committed to maintaining an environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors that is fair and responsible; an environment which is based on one’s ability and performance. To that end, it is the policy of the University of Nebraska at Omaha that any form of discrimination because of race or ethnicity, color, age, disability, religion, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), national origin, marital status, genetic information, Vietnam-era veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or any unlawful reason shall not be tolerated. In keeping with this commitment, the University also will not tolerate discrimination prohibited under this policy against students, faculty, staff and visitors by anyone acting on behalf of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical, verbal or visual conduct based on sex constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment or academic standing, (2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for an employment or academic decision or (3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working/academic environment. This statement is in keeping with federal employment and educational opportunity guidelines.

Appropriate corrective action will be taken in those instances where the foregoing policies have been violated. Any student or employee who is found to have violated any of the foregoing policies will be subject to disciplinary action.

Further, the University commits itself to a program of affirmative action to encourage the application of minority, women and handicapped students, to identify and eliminate the effects of any past discrimination in the provision of educational and related services, and to establish organizational structures and procedures which assure equal treatment and equal access to the facilities and educational benefits of the institution for all students.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha complies with all applicable laws promoting equal educational and employment opportunity and prohibiting unlawful discrimination, including those addressing the obligations of the institution under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Further information on these policies, as well as the Statement on Consensual Relationships and Procedures for Resolution of Complaints can be found on page 58. Students and faculty should contact the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, 202 Eppley Administration Building, (402) 554-2262; and staff should contact Human Resources, 205 Eppley Administration Building, (402) 554-2321.