The Catholic University of America

Affirmative Action/Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Policy

Archived 4/16/16

I. Policy


No person will be denied employment, admission, or educational opportunity, or otherwise be discriminated against at The Catholic University of America in its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, status as a veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable Federal and District of Columbia laws. These laws include, but are not limited to, the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended; the Americans With Disabilities Act; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 as amended; The Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act, as amended; and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. The Catholic University of America prohibits sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault/violence. Nothing in this equal opportunity policy shall require The Catholic University of America to act in a manner contrary to the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church.


The Catholic University of America takes affirmative action to employ qualified women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Retaliation against complainants, alleged victims, or witnesses is prohibited pursuant to the University’s Non-Retaliation Policy. Acts of retaliation will result in disciplinary action regardless of the outcome of the underlying complaint.


To comply with federal requirements regarding non-discrimination in admissions and operations, the Board of Trustees approved non-discrimination statement must appear in all University publications, such as catalogs and brochures. A required non-discrimination statement also must appear in written advertisements that are used to inform prospective students of University programs. The required non-discrimination statements, as well as further information regarding these requirements, are available at


The Equal Opportunity Officer/Director Employee Relations has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of this policy.  The Title IX Coordinator (170 Leahy Hall, 620 Michigan Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20064, tel. (202) 319-6594, TITLEIX-COORDINATOR@CUA.EDU) has been designated to handle matters and overall campus coordination for purposes of Title IX compliance. Title IX inquiries also may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, the University’s Title IX Website and Sexual Offenses Policy for additional information.