ECU is committed to equality of opportunity and prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the following protected classes: race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, and veteran status ("Protected Class").Pirates

ECU's Notice of Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy also prohibits retaliation, as defined below, against an individual for using applicable policies responsibly.  Retaliation interferes with free expression, inhibits openness that is important to the University, and violates University policy.

Consistent with Executive Order 11246, as amended, ECU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by ECU, or (c) consistent with the ECU's legal duty to furnish information.


Discrimination  - actions that subject individuals to unfavorable or unequal treatment based on a Protected Class.

- a form of discrimination. Harassment is unwelcome conduct based on a Protected Class, as defined above, which creates either quid pro quo harassment or a hostile environment. It also includes Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment as those terms are defined in University Regulations (specifically, the Regulation on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence).

Quid Pro Quo Harassment 
- submission to or rejection of such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of a person's employment, academic standing, or participation in any University programs and/or activities or is used as the basis for University decisions affecting the individual.

Hostile Environment Harassment
- A "hostile environment" exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefitting from the University's education or employment programs and/or activities. Conduct must be deemed severe, persistent, or pervasive from both a subjective and an objective perspective. A hostile environment can be created by persistent or pervasive conduct or by a single or isolated incident, if sufficiently severe. The perceived offensiveness of a single verbal or written expression, standing alone, is typically not sufficient to constitute a hostile environment.

East Carolina University has systems in place to receive and investigate discrimination and harassment complaints, as well as allegations of retaliation for filing or participating in these complaint processes.

If you feel that you have been harassed or discriminated against by a university employee or visitor based on one of the university's protected classes outlined, or allege retaliation related to these complaints, you may fill out an online grievance reporting form accessible here, or you may contact the Office for Equity and Diversity by email at oed@ecu.edu or by phone at 252-328-6804.