Montclair State University is a vibrant community that is committed to providing a working and learning environment that is inclusive, free of discrimination, bullying, or harassment, and is welcoming to persons from all racial, ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds. The University community is enriched by the diversity of thought, background and experiences of its employees and students, and it is vital to our overall success, growth, and image that everyone is treated with dignity, acceptance, and mutual respect. To this end, behavior that violates the civil and statutory rights of any individual or group, or interferes with any individual or group’s ability to benefit from, or contribute to, the employment, educational, and/or cultural opportunities provided by the University constitutes a violation of University policy and will not be tolerated.
The University abides by all federal and state laws, executive orders, and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment, education, and contracting services, and seeks to recruit and retain a workforce and student population of high quality that are reflective of our diverse society.
All members of the Montclair State community are responsible and accountable for creating an environment that is civil and for personally exemplifying the principles embodied in this statement in their daily interactions.
Montclair State is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex/gender (including pregnancy), age, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, domestic partnership status, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, physical, mental or intellectual disabilities (not related to or interfering with job performance), liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or any other non job-related criteria. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to recruitment, hiring, retention, tenure, promotion, transfer, compensation, fringe benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.
The University is committed to employment efforts to correct areas of underrepresentation whenever necessary. Periodic assessments will be performed to determine (a) whether persons protected by statute/executive orders are being afforded fair and equal consideration for faculty, administrative, professional, and civil service positions, as well as for promotion, tenure, and other terms and conditions of employment, and (b) if there are any workplace barriers impeding these efforts.
The University is committed to the principle of providing equal educational and enrollment opportunities to a diverse student population without regard to race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Furthermore, the University is committed to providing equal access to education programs and activities (including but not limited to admissions, residence life, financial aid, athletics, course offerings, scholarships, student employment, and social/recreational programs) without regard to race, creed, color, sex/gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, civil union status, physical, mental or intellectual disabilities (not related to or interfering with academic performance), affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, or any other non academic-related criteria.
Under the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (as amended), Barbara Milton, Director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Diversity, serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator and Israel Rosado, Student Development and Campus Life, serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Mr. Rosado is responsible for addressing student complaints involving faculty or staff. Mr. Rosado's office is located in Room 1108 Mills Hall (Machuga Heights) and he can be reached at Extension 6907 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Milton's office is located in College Hall, Room 316, and she can be reached at Extension 4349, or at email@example.com. In addition, procedures for students filing internal complaints of sex discrimination/harassment can be found at the following website: http://www.montclair.edu/sexualharassment/
On-Line Training Program-Sexual Harassment Prevention
The University considers discrimination and sexual harassment of employees or students as unprofessional and unacceptable behavior, and it will not be tolerated. To provide understanding on what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, the University has an online training program on sexual harassment prevention that is accessible at http://www.newmedialearning.com/psh/montclair/choice.htm. All faculty and staff are expected to complete this program and, upon so doing, a certificate of completion will be placed in the employee’s file.
New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace
As a state institution, the University must abide by the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace.The State Policy can be accessed at the following site: State Policy. Procedures for filing internal complaints alleging discrimination in the workplace can be accessed through the University’s website at: http://www.montclair.edu/HR/EEOAA/COMPLAINTPROCEDURES.HTML
Each employee is required to acknowledge receipt of the State Policy and Procedures either through an electronic confirmation or by printing and signing the attached Acknowledgement of Receipt form and forwarding it to Barbara J. Milton, Director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity, College Hall, Room 316D. The acknowledgment form will be placed on file in Human Resources.
In closing, I urge you to incorporate these values and principles into your daily life at Montclair State University so that we may all work and learn together in a spirit of appreciation and understanding for the similarities and differences among us. If you have any questions regarding the University Statement on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action or the State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace, please feel free to contact Ms. Barbara Milton, Director of Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Extension 4349.
Susan A. Cole
February 18, 2013