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U-M Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex*, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam-era veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity and Title IX/Section 504 Coordinator, Office for Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734.763.0235, TTY 734.647.1388. For other University of Michigan information call 734.764.1817.

*Includes discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.

Read below guidelines on the University's interpretation and application of the prohibition against sex discrjination in its equal opportuntity and nondiscrmination policies to include discrminiation based on gender identity and gender expressions.

Guidelines on Publicizing the University of Michigan’s Interpretation of the Category of Sex in the University’s Nondiscrimination Statement to Include Gender Identity and Gender Expression

On February 23, 2005, Provost and Executive Vice President Paul N. Courant announced that the University of Michigan will interpret and apply the prohibition against sex discrimination in its equal opportunity and non-discrimination policies to include discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression. For the complete text of the Provost’s announcement, visit the website of the Office of Institutional Equity.   

Subsequently, questions have arisen about how University offices will make this interpretation visible to the University community now and in the future. 

The non-discrimination policy statement itself has not been changed. Therefore, the presentation of the nondiscrimination statement when required in University publications will not be altered in any way.     

However, the University's interpretation of "sex" as a protected category in the nondiscrimination policy has changed--to include gender identity and gender expression.  Therefore, appropriate means can be used to communicate the University's interpretation, including: 

  1. Adding explanatory notes (see example below) to
    1. department and office websites,
    2. publications about diversity, 
    3. publications designed for TBLG members of the community, and
    4. other communications that provide interpretive guidance regarding the University's Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) and non-discrimination obligation. 
  2. Publicizing Provost Courant's message of February 23, 2005, for example:
    1. placing it on websites
    2. quoting from it in publications

An example of an explanatory note, which appears on the Office of Institutional Equity website is provided below: 

"The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex*, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or Vietnam-era veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions." 

*Includes gender identity and gender expression