Equal Opportunity

UM Policy Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment

The University of Montana has committed to the principles of equal opportunity, that everyone should have access to opportunities in their education and in the workplace, and to ensure that no one is excluded from participation. It has a program of affirmative action, which is required of federal contractors such as universities and is intended to eliminate the present effects of past discrimination and to increase the participation and employment of women, minorities, certain classes of veterans and people with disabilities.

UM's Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking and Retaliation Policy prohibits discrimination and encourages equal access. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, job applicants and visitors on campus. A finding that the policy was violated could result in student conduct code or personnel action.

UM's Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking and Retaliation Policy has broader protections than federal law and prohibits discrimination and harassment against people based on their membership in a protected class. 

Protected classes include:

  • race,
  • color,
  • religion,
  • national origin,
  • creed,
  • political ideas,
  • veteran status,
  • service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law),
  • sex,
  • age,
  • marital or family status,
  • pregnancy,
  • physical or mental disability,
  • genetic information,
  • gender identity,
  • gender expression, or
  • sexual orientation.

Violations of the Discrimination Policy should be reported to the EO/Title IX office so it can help to stop the behavior and address the effects. They can also provide training and information about UM’s policy.