Office of Compliance and Equity Management

Discrimination & Harassment

“The University of Northern Iowa is committed to achieving fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise and therefore prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under this policy.” - UNI Policy 13.02 


Title VII at UNI

• Discrimination: Occurs when an individual is treated adversely because of their membership in a protected class.

• Harassment: Unwelcome behavior and creates a hostile or intimidating environment; this includes biased-related and sexual harassment.

• Biased-related Harassment: Harassment on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class, by any member or group of the campus community, which reasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic environment.

• Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual- or gender- based verbal, written, online, and/or physical conduct. Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment and may be disciplined when it is sufficiently severe, pervasive, persistent, or objectively offensive.

Students, staff, and faculty at UNI are protected from discrimination and harassment based on:

color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status. The University also prohibits any act of retaliation.

Discrimination & Harassment Resource Guide (PDF)