Pursuant to both federal and Montana law, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex. Sex discrimination is the denial of privileges or benefits of education or employment, or the denial of the opportunity to participate in university activities, because of an individual’s sex.

For example, discrimination in the terms and conditions of employment, such as compensating one sex more than the other for jobs which require the same skill, effort and responsibility, and are performed under similar working conditions, is prohibited.

Also, discrimination on the basis of a characteristic that is either exclusive to or predominantly associated with one sex, such as pregnancy, is prohibited. Discrimination based on pregnancy is specifically discussed under a separate link.

While, generally, different treatment on the basis of sex is prohibited, it can be allowed in employment if the different treatment is “a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operations” of the University. This, however, is a narrow exception.