Pursuant to federal and Montana law and University policy, the University prohibits retaliation against a person for bringing a discrimination complaint, for assisting someone with a discrimination complaint, or for participating in an investigation or resolution of a discrimination complaint. The University recognizes that its ability to effectively enforce anti-discrimination policies depends on whether employees and students feel free to raise concerns about discrimination. Hence, employees and students making discrimination complaints are protected from retaliation, even if no policy violation results from an investigation.

Retaliation is any action that might discourage a reasonable employee or student from raising concerns about discriminatory conduct. It occurs when an individual's report, complaint, or good faith cooperation with a complaint of discrimination forms the basis for an adverse decision concerning the individual's employment or student position or status. Examples of retaliation include the involuntary transfer or dismissal of an employee, being demoted or denied a promotion, or being denied an appropriate grade. Whether an action rises to the level of retaliation will depend on the particular circumstances. A person's decision to report discriminatory behavior does not protect that person from the minor annoyances or another's lack of good manners that may take place at work or school because those actions will not prevent an ordinary person from reporting concerns.

University administrators, faculty, employees, or students who retaliate in any way against an individual who has brought a complaint pursuant to this policy or an individual who has participated in an investigation of such a complaint is subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal.

If you believe that you are the subject of such retaliation, you should immediately contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.