Inclusive Excellence

Nebraska Athletics will ensure every student, staff member, supporter and fan is treated with the utmost respect and acceptance. We will maintain an environment of inclusion through programming, education, personal support and campus collaboration.
Mission Statement
Nebraska Athletics is committed to inclusive excellence and providing a welcoming and safe culture for all student-athletes and staff. Through ongoing education, programming, and initiatives within athletics combined with campus partnerships, we ensure a strong commitment to celebrate diversity while always striving for inclusion.

Nondiscrimination statement:
The University of Nebraska Athletic Department does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

Fan Code of Conduct:
I, ______________, as a fan, am actively committed to providing a safe, welcoming, accepting and inclusive environment allowing all Huskers to maximize their potential in academics, athletics and life. Additionally, I pledge to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all employees, visitors and fans.
As part of this commitment, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln expects fans to enjoy the game experience free from fighting, thrown objects, attempts to enter the playing field, political or inciting messages and disorderly behavior, including foul, sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, obscene or abusive language or gestures.

Inclusive Excellence and Definitions
Athletics aims to align with UNL’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Definitions, support and guidance are provided by UNL’s office, and the office provides the following information. The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is committed to cultivating an inclusive excellence mindset across our institution. We believe in fully embracing diversity in all forms seen and unseen, making inclusion a top priority, promoting equity across our policies and practices, and ultimately ensuring that excellence is inclusive. To accomplish this, we recognize the importance of understanding exactly what we mean by inclusive excellence. Inclusive Excellence builds on the notions of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Individual differences, (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences), group and social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, indigeneity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, and (dis)ability), historically underrepresented populations, and cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations – Adapted from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect — in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
– American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
– American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Inclusive Excellence
It is designed to help colleges and universities integrate diversity, equity, and educational quality efforts into their missions and institutional operations. It calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of democratic culture. It is an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities.

  • American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Sexual Misconduct Policy
Beginning with the University of Nebraska charter in 1869, Nebraska law has provided that no person shall be deprived of the privileges of this institution because of sex. Discrimination on the basis of sex is also prohibited by federal law. All members of the University community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that maintains an environment free from sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct, which includes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and stalking, is unacceptable behavior under University of Nebraska policy and against the law. The University of Nebraska has programs to promote awareness of and to help prevent sexual misconduct, and to assist members of the university community who are affected by such behavior.

  • “Sexual misconduct” includes dating violence, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and stalking.
  • “Stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

                a. fear for their safely or the safety of others; or
                b. suffers substantial emotional distress.

Sexual harassment, a type of sex discrimination, is specifically prohibited by this Policy as well as federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and Title IX.
This Policy applies to all members of the University of Nebraska community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and to all education programs and activities under the jurisdiction of the University of Nebraska.


Confidential Resources for Student-Athletes

Contact the Nebraska Sports Physchology department. 

Center for Advocacy, Response and Education
Free, confidential victim advocacy services for students, faculty, staff and all members of the university community
Advocates may not physically be present at CARE during all business hours. Please call or email to reach an advocate.
(402) 472-3553
Mental Health Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Mental health services for students
(402) 472-7450
University Health Center
Suite 223
CAPS offers Crisis Care Appointments.
If the situation is not a crisis, this webpage explains How to make a non-crisis appointment with CAPS.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Mental health and other resources for faculty and staff
(402) 472-3107
Room 128
501 Building
Information about trauma debriefing.

Psychological Consultation Center (PCC)
Mental health services for everyone
(402) 472-2351
Room 325
Burnett Hall
The Psychological Consultation Center is the training clinic for the Department of Psychology's Clinical Psychology training program and is staffed by faculty and graduate students

Learn more about UNL’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion here.