Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment

  1. UK complies with the federal and state Constitutions, and all applicable federal and state laws, regarding nondiscrimination.  Students and applicants for admission to UK, or for financial aid or scholarship, will not be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed service, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, social or economic status, or whether the person is a smoker or nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with UK policy concerning smoking. (See Governing Regulation XIV.B.1 http://www.uky.edu/regs/files/gr/gr14.pdf)
  2. Consistent with Administrative Regulation 6.1, Policy on Discrimination and Harassment, Students have the right to be free from harassment, including sexual harassment, by UK Employees, and other Students.    For purposes of the Code, harassment means conduct so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it substantially interferes with the ability of a person to work, learn, live or participate in, or benefit from services, activities, or privileges provided by UK.  Sexual harassment - a form of sex discrimination - includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical actions of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the Student’s status in a course, program or activity; or is used as a basis for academic or other decisions affecting such Student; or when such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the Student's academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. This provision shall not be used to discipline students for speech protected by the First Amendment. (See Administrative Regulation 6:1 http://www.uky.edu/regs/files/ar/ar6-1.pdf