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Policies and Procedures Related to Equal Opportunity

Primary Policies and Procedures Related to the Issues of Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

The Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity coordinates the University's efforts to implement these policies and procedures, which are essential to fulfilling the mission of our office. They are listed by level of issuing authority. The University's Policies, Regulations, and Rules website contains the full listing of all University Policies and Procedures.

University Policy Memos

Other Policies and Procedures

These policies and procedures are related to the mission of the Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity. They are listed by date of first issue. The University's Policies, Regulations, and Rules website contains the full listing of all University Policies and Procedures.

  • Mediation Policy
    (Board of Trustees Policy issued April 19, 1996; applicable to all)
  • Student Grievances
    (Board of Trustees Policy issued April 17, 1997; applicable to students)

History of Policies and Procedures Related to the Issues of Harassment and Discrimination

The University has implemented a number of policies relating specifically to harassment. Most of our attention focused on sexual harassment and racial harassment for the last two decades. This mirrored the activity in the courts, the private sector, and other institutions of higher education. While these behaviors have impacted NC State for many years, the concept of sexual harassment as a legal and sociological issue is relatively new. Two policies of the earliest policies have been in existence for a number of years (Racial Harassment and Sexual Harassment); both were amended and issued by the Board of Trustees in 1998.

In the last several years, a number of cases revolving around other issues, such as religious harassment and discrimination based on disability, have been litigated in the state and federal courts. Likewise, policies and guidance issued by federal and state agencies have broadened to extend the scope beyond sexual harassment. The University has also seen an increase in the number of complaints stemming from harassment based on characteristics such as religion, national origin, and sexual orientation. Thus, the University issued a number of Administrative Regulations under the authority of the Chancellor that better reflect the University's commitment to addressing these forms of harassment and discrimination.

In 2009, the University condensed several related policies on discrimination and harassment into one policy, the Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy.