Non-Discrimination Policies

Mississippi State is committed to equal opportunity in all areas of the university. MSU policies prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  

MSU policies also prohibit retaliation against any person who makes a good faith report of potential discrimination or harassment. Key documents include:

University Statement on Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (OP 3.02)

This policy summarizes MSU’s commitment to non-discrimination in all university programs and activities, as well as in employment, and directs readers to other resources on issues ranging from Title IX to disability accommodation.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy (OP 3.03)

This policy describes the university’s mechanisms for preventing and responding to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in more detail. It provides avenues for reporting and explains the process for investigating and remedying claims of discrimination and harassment.

Priority of Service for Veterans

Nothing in the university's anti-discrimination policies will be interpreted to prohibit any priority, preference, or other benefit for veterans authorized or required by applicable law. For any federally-funded job training program requiring priority of service for veterans, the university will grant priority to covered persons. Applicants who are veterans still must meet any such program's eligibility criteria to receive services and/or training. For any determination of eligibility based on income, amounts paid while on active duty or paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs for vocational rehabilitation, disability payments, or related programs will not be treated as income.