Equal Opportunity & Non-Discrimination Policy

The following policy was approved by the Board of Trustees in 1935 and amended on October 28, 1977.

Michigan State University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action. University programs, activities and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or familial status. The University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

In carrying out this commitment, the University is guided by the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees and by federal and state laws and regulations that may apply to the University. These may include:

  • Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination in the provision of services and employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or gender.
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibiting discrimination against students and employees on the basis of gender.
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of age.
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibiting discrimination in salaries on the basis of gender.
  • Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act prohibiting discrimination in the admission of students in health personnel training programs on the basis of gender.
  • Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance and requiring the facilitation of the employment of individuals with disabilities.
  • Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974 requiring affirmative action in the employment of disabled and Vietnam-era veterans.
  • Retirement Equity Act of 1984 requiring pension equity.
  • Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, height, weight, religion, race, color, national origin, familial status, or marital status.
  • Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities and prohibiting discrimination based on genetic information that is unrelated to individual's ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

The responsibility for overall coordination, monitoring and information dissemination about the University's program of equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action is assigned to the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, telephone 353-3922.