Race & Color
Discrimination on the basis of race or color is prohibited under both federal and Montana law. This means the University does not discriminate against an individual seeking admission as a student, or an enrolled student, in the terms, conditions, or privileges of the University on the basis of race or color.
Likewise, the University does not refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against a person in terms of compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of race or color. Nor does the University limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants for employment in any way that would deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the individual’s employment status on the basis of race or color.
The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines race discrimination as when an individual is treated unfavorably because the individual is of a certain race, or because the individual possesses traits or features associated with race, such as hair texture, skin color, or particular facial features. Color discrimination happens when an individual is treated unfavorably because of skin color or complexion.
The EEOC further explains that race or color discrimination is not necessarily isolated to unfavorable treatment of an individual because of the individual’s race or color, but can also occur when the individual is subject to discrimination because he or she is married to or associated with a person of a certain race or color.
Discrimination can occur even when the victim and perpetrator are of the same race or color.