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Definition: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
University of Minnesota policy, as well as state law, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Minnesota Human Rights Act defines sexual orientation as:
“Sexual orientation means having or being perceived as having an emotional, physical, or sexual attachment to another person without regard to the sex of that person, or having or being perceived as having an orientation for such an attachment, or having or being perceived as having a self-image or identity not traditionally associated with one’s biological maleness or femaleness.”
Minnesota Human Rights Act, Section 363A.03, Subd. 44
At the University of Minnesota, this includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
Harassment on the basis of sexual orientation is a violation if the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment in any University activity or program. Slurs, jokes, and verbal or physical conduct directed at an individual based on their sexual orientation and that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment in any University activity or program is prohibited.
In compliance with University policy on equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment, University policy also provides benefits to registered domestic partners of University employees and students. Consult your human resources office regarding specific benefits and registration of your partner.
Information, education, and support is also available from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office, dedicated to improving the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people at the University of Minnesota and to addressing the harmful effects of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification.