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Relevant State and Federal Laws

WSU complies with state and federal civil rights laws, (WSU policies may be subject to periodic updates to reflect changes in these laws) including, but not limited to the following:

  • The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 – Created the Cooperative Extension Service through the USDA and Land Grant Universities;
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion;
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs receiving federal financial assistance;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act – Prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation;
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and requires reasonable accommodation for individuals with a disability under programs receiving federal financial assistance;
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act – Prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of age against persons age 40 and above;
  • 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
  • 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution – No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws; and
  • Washington Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60) – The right to be free from discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability is recognized as and declared to be a civil right.

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Contact John Snyder

john.s.snyder@wsu.edu