WGU's Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policies

Policy Statement

Read the full WGU Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation Policy >

Western Governors University is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Such an environment is necessary to a healthy learning and working atmosphere because discrimination and harassment undermine human dignity and the positive connection among all people at our University. Acts of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, and retaliation will be addressed consistent with this policy. This policy of nondiscrimination applies (without limitation) to student recruitment, admissions, academic programs and services, student discipline, grading, and participation in WGU sponsored forums.

Consistent with state and federal law, reasonable accommodation will be provided to persons with disabilities.

It is important that members of the University community understand that the law does not just prohibit discrimination and harassment of employees by employers. The law also prohibits discrimination and harassment between members of the University community more generally: for example, between faculty or staff and a student, between two students, or between a student and an applicant or visitor/guest. The policy applies in all University programs and activities, including, but not limited to, discrimination in instruction, grading, and university employment. In addition, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. It is central to WGU values that any individual who believes they may have been the target of unlawful discrimination or harassment feel free to report their concerns for appropriate investigation and response, without fear of retaliation or retribution.

All complaints or any concerns about conduct that may violate this policy and retaliation should be filed with the WGU Title IX Coordinator:

Anika Webb, Title IX Coordinator, Student Conduct Administrator
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
TitleIX@wgu.edu
(385) 428-1321

Upon receiving a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will follow the procedures described in the Discrimination Grievance Procedures.

Important Note! Please do not wait to report a concern until the situation becomes severe or persistent. The Title IX Coordinator, designees, and other University officials can take proactive steps to prevent harassment from continuing, and to protect or otherwise assist the person being harassed. For example, the University can arrange for no-contact orders, counseling and personnel changes as needed. The Title IX Coordinator and designees can also provide expertise and advice to help evaluate conduct that might be a warning sign of, or constitute, conduct prohibited by this policy and address any concerns or complaints appropriately.

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