State universities release discrimination policies

KU Campus (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Several state universities have released their polices on discrimination.

Earlier this week, Governor Sam Brownback rescinded a former governor’s order barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in hiring and employment throughout much of state government. The Republican said Tuesday he issued an executive order canceling the August 2007 order by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

In response to the order, several universities have released their policies.

Wichita State’s policy

In response to recent discussion of nondiscrimination policies at the state level, we want to reaffirm that WSU’s polices prohibit discrimination in our programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, status as a veteran, genetic information or disability. These protections remain in place.

KU’s policy

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are committed to the University of Kansas being an inclusive community where all feel welcome and able to express themselves without fear of discrimination. This value is a foundational one for our university, and KU’s non-discrimination policy includes prohibitions against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression among its protections.

We want to reassure you that yesterday’s executive order at the state level does not alter KU’s non-discrimination policy. It also does not alter our commitment to an open, inclusive community that is free from fear and discrimination.


Bernadette Gray-Little

Jeffrey S. Vitter
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Lawrence and Edwards campuses

Douglas Girod
Executive Vice Chancellor
KU Medical Center

Kansas State’s policy

Kansas State University is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, or other non-merit reasons, in admissions, educational programs or activities and employment, including employment of disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era, as required by applicable laws and regulations. Responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, has been delegated to the Director of Institutional Equity, Kansas State University, 103 Edwards Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-4801, (Phone) 785-532-6220; (TTY) 785-532-4807.

Revised August 14, 2014.
Protected categories include: race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status.
Please refer to PPM Chapter 3010 for additional information on the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, harassment, and Sexual Violence, and Procedure for Reviewing Complaints.

Fort Hays State’s policy

Dear All,

Some of you may have concerns related to the recent release of the Governor’s Executive Order related to discrimination. The University’s position on this matter remains consistent with its policy statement inserted below:

Fort Hays State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status in its educational programs, employment and all other activities. In addition, the university does not discriminate on the basis of a person’s genetic information. FHSU is committed to an environment in which students, faculty, administrators, and staff work together in an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation and intimidation, including, but not limited to, verbal, physical, or written behavior directed toward or relating to an individual or group on the basis of their protected class status.

If any of you has any concerns or issues related to this policy, please feel free to contact the HR department or me.

Thank you for all you do.


Mirta M. Martin, Ph.D.
Fort Hays State University

Emporia State University policy

It is the policy of Emporia State University to guarantee equal employment opportunity, equal educational opportunity and non-discrimination in the operation and administration of all of its programs and services. The University makes its decisions regarding the recruiting, employing, promoting, and processing of all personnel matters without discrimination on grounds of race, color, creed or religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or other factors which cannot lawfully be considered.

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