Equal Opportunity & Nondiscrimination in Employment & Education Policy

  • Custodian of Policy: Minnesota State System
    Relevant Minnesota State System Policy: 1B.1
    Effective Date: 5/15/13
    Last Review: FY 2013
    Next Review: Determined by Minnesota State System
    Relevant Procedures: 1B1.1 Report/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigation and Resolution

    Policy

    Minnesota State system has an enduring commitment to enhancing Minnesota's quality of life by developing and fostering understanding and appreciation of a free and diverse society and providing equal opportunity for all its students and employees. To help effectuate these goals, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in employment and education (lB.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity).

    No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In addition, discrimination in employment based on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.

    Harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is prohibited. Harassment may occur in a variety of relationships, including faculty and student, supervisor and employee, student and student, staff and student, employee and employee, and other relationships with persons having business at, or visiting the educational orworking environment.

    This policy is directed at verbal or physical conduct that constitutes discrimination /harassment under state and federal law and is not directed at the content of speech. In cases in which verbal statements and other forms of expression are involved, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will give due consideration to an individual's constitutionally protected right to free speech and academic freedom. However, discrimination and harassment are not within the protections of academic freedom or free speech. The system office, colleges, and universities shall maintain and encourage full freedom, within the law, of expression, inquiry, teaching and research. Academic freedom comes with a responsibility that all members of our education community benefit from it without intimidation, exploitation or coercion.

    This policy shall apply to all individuals affiliated with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, including but not limited to, its students, employees, applicants, volunteers, agents, and Board of Trustees, and is intended to protect the rights and privacy of both the complainant and respondent and other involved individuals, as well as to prevent retaliation or reprisal. Individuals who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary or other corrective action.

    For the complete policy and procedure, please reference 1 B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity at http://www.minnstate.edu/board/policy/1b-0l.pdf and 1 B.1 .1 Report/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigation and Resolution.

    Designated Officer (to address questions or concerns; to file a complaint for allegations against employees, including student employees, and student; and to attain a hard copy of the policy):

    Ashley Atteberry
    Title IX Coordinator/Director of Student Conduct & Resolution
    Owens Hall 208D
    218.477.2174
    ashley.atteberry@mnstate.edu

    NOTE: Allegations of violence will be handled under other appropriate policies/procedures, including the University's Zero Tolerance of Workplace Violence Policy and Plan, Sexual Violence Policy and Procedure, and the University's Student Conduct Code. For information or assistance regarding these policies/procedures contact the following:

    Zero Tolerance of Workplace Violence Policy & Plan

    Donna Brown
    Chief Diversity Officer for Diversity, Inclusion & Affirmative Action
    Owens Hall 208C
    Moorhead, MN 56563
    218.477.2721

    Sexual Violence Policy & Procedure

    Ashley Atteberry
    Title IX Coordinator/Director of Student Conduct & Resolution
    Owens Hall 208D
    218.477.2174

    Student Conduct Code

    Ashley Atteberry
    Title IX Coordinator/Director of Student Conduct & Resolution
    Owens Hall 208D
    218.477.2174

    In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, all alleged criminal activity will be reported to the MSUM Public Safety Office and/or the appropriate law enforcement agency.

    For TTY Communication, contact the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.