Southeast Missouri State University, the Department of Communication Disorders, and the Center for Speech and Hearing are committed to providing a safe, civil and positive learning and working environment for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors, free from discrimination in any form. This policy applies to all members and guests of the University community and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status in any of its programs or activities. Harassment based on any of these classifications is a form of discrimination that also violates University policy and will not be tolerated. In some circumstances, such discrimination may also violate federal and/or state law. Retaliation is also prohibited against anyone who asserts a claim of discrimination, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination. This policy is consistent with the academic mission of the University and with the legal requirements of applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. These laws include, but are not limited to: Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Missouri Human Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and all amendments to the foregoing.