Diversity Statement

USG embraces diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion. We promote a positive institutional culture that appreciates diversity, enriches the educational experience of students, supports a healthy workplace environment and promotes personal growth. At USG, we strongly believe that everyone in the community has the right to study and work in an inclusive environment, one that respects the diversity of all its members. We understand that a diverse and inclusive campus community can bring exceptional value to the educational experience and work environment. At USG, Diversity Matters, and therefore we have established a commitment to diversity as one of our key components for creating a community of excellence where all are welcomed.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA)

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, USG is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, 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 status in all aspects of employment. USG is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.  

Title IX Protocol

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) and its Partner Institutions are committed to creating and maintaining an environment where all persons participating in USG, Partner Institution, or any other programs and activities at USG may learn and work together in an atmosphere free from Sexual Misconduct. Sexual Misconduct is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited by state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as by the University System of Maryland (USM) and Partner Institution policies. Sexual Misconduct may also constitute criminal activity. USG and its Partner Institutions prohibit Sexual Misconduct and promote prompt reporting, timely, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of Sexual Misconduct cases, as well as prohibit retaliation in connection with Sexual Misconduct matters. Title IX Protocol is designed to assist USG Community members to know the process by which USG related Sexual Misconduct matters will be handled by Partner Institutions working with USG. USG Community Members include, but are not limited to, all Partner Institution students, faculty, and staff participating in USG related programs and activities, Partner institution applicants for admission or employment for USG assigned positions, and USG visitors and third party contractors/vendors.