In addition to policy statements on discrimination and harassment that reflect Brown’s commitment to creating and maintaining educational, working, and living environments that are free of any unlawful discrimination, the University recognizes its legal obligations to pursue that same goal under applicable Federal and State statues. These include Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Employment discrimination is covered by Title VI if the primary objective of the financial assistance is the provision of employment or where employment discrimination causes discrimination in providing services under such programs.

Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. In certain instances, differential treatment is allowed for religion, sex, or national origin if it is a bona fide occupational qualification. Sexual harassment is also prohibited under this law as are all forms of harassment based on membership in a protected class.