Protected Statuses under the Policy

Many of the forms of conduct prohibited by this Policy are based on an individual’s Protected Status: age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Age The number of years from the date of a person’s birth. With respect to employment, individuals who are forty (40) years of age or older are protected from Discrimination and Harassment. There is no age threshold for students or other participants in educational programs or activities.
Color An individual’s skin pigmentation, complexion, shade, or tone.
Disability A person with a disability is any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment. A qualified person with a disability must be able to perform the essential functions of the employment or volunteer position or the academic, athletic, or extra-curricular program, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Gender An individual’s socially-constructed status based on the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with societal attribution of masculinity and femininity, typically related to one’s assigned sex at birth.
Gender Expression How someone expresses their gender through appearance, behavior, or mannerisms. A person’s Gender Expression may or may not be the same as their Gender Identity or assigned sex at birth.
Gender Identity The Gender with which an individual identifies psychologically, regardless of what Gender they were assigned at birth.
Genetic Information Information about (i) an individual’s genetic tests, (ii) the genetic tests of family members of such individual, and (iii) the manifestation of a disease or disorder in family members of such individual. Genetic Information includes, with respect to any individual, any request for, or receipt of, genetic services, or participation in clinical research which includes genetic services, by such individual or any family member of such individual.
National Origin An individual’s actual or perceived country or ethnicity of origin.
Race An individual’s actual or perceived racial or ethnic ancestry or physical characteristics associated with a person’s race, such as a person’s color, hair, facial features, height, and weight.
Religion All aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief.
Sex An individual’s biological status of male or female, including pregnancy. Conduct of a sexual nature is by definition based upon Sex as a Protected Status.
Sexual Orientation The inclination or capacity to develop intimate emotional, spiritual, physical, and/or sexual relationships with people of the same Sex or Gender, a different Sex or Gender, or irrespective of Sex or Gender.
Veteran Status Covered Veterans include Disabled Veterans, Special Disabled Veterans, Veterans of the Vietnam era, and other protected Veterans as defined by federal and state law.