Mississippi State University assigns a high priority to the implementation of its equal opportunity policy and to maintaining an inclusive environment. The realization of this priority requires the cooperation of all members of the University community, each of whom must take responsibility for ensuring that work and learning environments are free from discriminatory behavior of any kind. The University community should be guided not only by what is legally required, but also by fairness, working together to ensure that the University clearly and unequivocally demonstrates commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, values the contributions of every individual, and benefits from its diversity.