XXI. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, AND NON-DISCRIMINATION
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. More importantly, however, such compliance stems from the history and tradition of the university, which embrace and express the deepest values of the human community—equality, openness, and the dignity of every individual.
The fact that the university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability is, in fact, consistent with and a reflection of its special tradition of social justice. Extending that tradition into the present, equal opportunity, affirmative action and nondiscrimination apply to every aspect of the university’s operations and activities, including admissions, employment, and access to university programs and services.