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Queer Issues Committee

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 creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment, or interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance. Slurs, jokes, and verbal or physical conduct motivated by an individual’s sexual orientation is unacceptable in the University educational and work environment.

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.

Updated 09/20/2007