Discrimination based on religion involves treating someone (i.e., a student, applicant, employee, or visitor) differently because of his or her religion. Religion is defined as “the expression of one’s belief in and/or reverence for a superhuman power recognized as the creator and/or governor of the universe; or lack thereof.”

Examples of inappropriate conduct based on religion include, but are not limited to, refusing to hire a qualified individual due to his or her religion or lack thereof, making disparaging remarks about a person’s religion, and refusing to allow a student to have his or her two excused absences for religious observances. Religion is protected at the federal, state, and University level. This class is protected by several laws, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and NC General Statutes 126-16, as amended, and 116-11(3a).

ECU policy prohibits discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of religion under the Notice of Nondiscrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Unlawful Workplace Harassment policies. Additionally, the Religious Accommodations Interim Regulation outlines the University’s religious accommodations provisions for students and employees.