DISCRIMINATION AND DISCRIMINATORY HARASSMENT POLICY
I. Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy
American University provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons in its educational
programs and activities. It also seeks to be a community in which freedom of expression and
vigorous debate are valued and provided to all its members free of all forms of discrimination or
harassment, including but not limited to exploitation, coercion, and intimidation. To achieve these
goals, the university has adopted a policy prohibiting discrimination and discriminatory harassment
on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex*, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, disability, and any other bases under federal or local laws (“Protected Bases”). The
policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity applies to every aspect of the operations and
activities of the university, including admissions and employment. This policy is also consistent with
the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Non-Discrimination policy approved by the
university Board of Trustees.
Non-discrimination and equal opportunity is not only a matter of university policy but it is
also a matter of law. Discrimination and discriminatory harassment based on any of the Protected
Bases above is a violation of federal and/or local law. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in educational institutions.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972* prohibits sex discrimination in education
institutions. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964* and the D.C. Human Rights Act prohibit
discrimination in employment and in general.
II. Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment
The university respects the rights of its members to hold, vigorously defend, and express
their ideas and opinions in an atmosphere of mutual r