Race, Color, and National Origin

Race refers to groups of people distinguished by their inherited biological attributes, deemed by society to be socially unique. Ethnicity refers to shared cultural practices, perspectives, and other characteristics such as ancestry, homeland, language, forms of dress, and other differences that are not inherited but learned. Discrimination is any prejudice, action or attitude, conscious or unconscious that favors or subordinates an individual or group on the basis of physical differences such as skin color and/or ethnic differences such as national origin.

Please be aware of the following resources that provide important information regarding your rights, including federal and state laws, as well as campus resources to assist students, staff, and faculty.

Federal & State Laws, Definitions & Resources


Faculty & Staff*

Campus Resources

  •  In all cases where emergency circumstances exist, never hesitate to dial 9-1-1. The USG Campus has 24/7 security personnel. They staff the information desk in Building III and patrol all buildings, grounds, and parking areas. They also provide escorts and monitor and record USG's extensive CCTV camera system. For more information, contacts, and resources, please visit our Public & Safety page
  •  USG Center for Counseling and Consultation (CCC)
  •  Office of Human Resources

Please note, The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is committed to creating and maintaining an educational, working, and living environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class.

*Source: UMD Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct