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Equal Opportunity Policy

The commitment of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms. It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation including gender identity, arrest record status, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a protected veteran and to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations.  This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities.  The official nondiscrimination policy may be found at
This policy and the associated procedures are established to provide a means to address complaints of discrimination or harassment based on the protected categories described herein. Individuals who believe that a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign employee has subjected them to discrimination or harassment in violation of this policy should contact: Director at the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access at or (217) 333-0885.