in keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the university considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to university programs on the basis of individual merit. the university does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, color, language use, religion, religious creed, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, cancer-related or genetic-related medical condition, disability, pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, citizenship status, military service status, or any other status protected by law (including title ix of the education amendments of 1972).