The University of Maryland, College Park, affirms its
commitments to a policy of eliminating discrimination on
the basis of race, color, creed, sex, gender identity or
expression, sexual orientation, marital status, personal
appearance, age, national origin, political affiliation,
physical or mental disability, or on the basis of the
exercise of rights secured by the First Amendment of the
United States Constitution. This Code is established to
prevent or eradicate such discrimination in accordance with
due process within the Campus community. In doing so, the
Campus recognizes that it must strive actively and
creatively to build a community in which opportunity is
equalized. (VI-1.00(B) UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CODE ON EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION)
VI-1.05 POLICY OF NON-DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION
This policy affirms that the University System of Maryland’s (USM) commitment to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity includes the protection of members of the USM community from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. These principles require that the treatment of students, faculty, and staff of USM institutions, and applicants for admission and employment, be based on individual abilities and qualifications and be free from invidious discrimination.
For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
A. “Gender identity or Expression” is defined as a person’s actual or perceived gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, regardless of whether that identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s gender at birth.
B. “Sexual Orientation” is defined as the identification, perception, or status of an individual as to homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.
II. PROHIBITION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION BASED UPON SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY AND EXPRESSION
A. This policy specifically prohibits discrimination against students, faculty, and staff on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression in academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, housing, student programs, and
activities, recruitment, hiring, employment, appointment, promotion, tenure, demotion, transfer, layoff or termination, rates of pay, selection for training and professional development, and employee services.