Office of Institutional Equity

UCCS Campus

What is Protected Class Harassment?

Harassment is verbal or physical conduct related to one's race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status (a person who serves or has served in any branch of the U.S. military, including ROTC), political affiliation, or political philosophy that unreasonably interferes with the individual's work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.

Harassment based upon protected class may involve:

  • physically assaulting or repeatedly intimidating, teasing, mocking, or joking based on an individual's race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy
  • repeatedly directing racial or ethnic slurs at an individual
  • repeatedly telling an individual that he/she is too old to understand new technology

What is Protected Class Discrimination?

Discrimination occurs when an individual suffers a material adverse consequence on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status (a person who serves or has served in any branch of the U.S. military, including ROTC), political affiliation, or political philosophy. Examples include, but are not limited to, failure to be hired or promoted or denial of admission to an academic program based on protected class status.

Office of Institutional Equity
Phone: (719) 255-4324 | Location: ACAD 106
equity@uccs.edu