Creed discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her beliefs. Creed is defined as “any statement or system of belief, principles, or opinions.”

Creed is protected at the state and university level. This class is protected by North Carolina General Statute 126-16, which requires that all state departments and agencies give equal opportunity for employment and compensation without regard to creed to all qualified individuals.

Examples of inappropriate conduct based on creed include, but are not limited to, refusing to hire a qualified individual because of his or her creed and making disparaging remarks about an individual’s creed.

ECU policy prohibits harassment and discrimination on the basis of creed under the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy and Notice of Nondiscrimination.