EO/AA and Diversity
Montclair State University has a moral commitment and legal obligation to create and maintain a working and learning environment that is non-discriminatory, and that assures the fair and equitable treatment of all employees and students. The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity serves the University in advancing these principles and in helping to build upon the University's success in growing an increasingly diverse campus community from various racial, ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds.
A. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
1. FOR EMPLOYEES
Montclair State is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in its recruitment and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disabling condition, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veterans status or 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 laws and regulations.
2. FOR STUDENTS
Montclair State is committed to the principle of equal access to campus benefits and services (including, but not limited to admissions, residence life, financial aid, athletics, course offerings, scholarships, student employment, social and recreational programs) without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disabilities not interfering with academic performance, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, or other non academic-related criteria.
B. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
1. FOR EMPLOYEES
Montclair State is committed to the principle of affirmative action as a means to overcome the residual effects of systemic discrimination, or to correct a manifest imbalance of females and people of color, thereby creating a more diverse workforce. The University will take affirmative action to encourage minorities, females and persons with disabilities to apply for positions at all job levels. Employment practices will be reviewed periodically to determine whether the protected classes (Blacks, Hispanics,Asians/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, women, and persons with disabilities) are being afforded fair and equal consideration for faculty, administrative, professional and support positions, as well as for promotion, tenure, and other terms and conditions of employment.
2. FOR STUDENTS
Montclair State is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and affirmative outreach by providing equal access to enrollment for underrepresented minority and economically-deprived students.
C. TOLERANCE TO CREATE A CLIMATE FOR CIVILITY AND HUMAN DIGNITY
Montclair State University is committed to the principle that it is everyone's responsibility to foster an atmosphere of respect, tolerance, understanding and good will among all members of our diverse campus community. As an ever-growing pluralistic society, it is fundamental to our institutional mission to create an unbiased community and to oppose vigorously any form of racism, religious intolerance, sexism, ageism, homophobia, harassment, and discrimination against those with disabling conditions. Furthermore, the university eschews hate of any kind and will not tolerate behavior that violates the civil and statutory rights of an individual or group. Within this framework, each of us can feel free to express ourselves in ways that promote openness within a pluralistic and multicultural society.
All Montclair State University employees and students have a responsibility for carrying out the principles of this statement. Each of us should be mindful of the way we treat one another and should demonstrate respect and tolerance for the differences among us. Furthermore, all persons in positions of responsibility and authority will be held strictly accountable for promoting the highest degree of fairness and equity in order to assure the full and complete implementation of this statement.
E. SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Montclair State University is committed to having a workplace free of sexual harassment. In order to support that commitment, it is essential that all employees are aware of what constitutes sexual harassment and the legal ramifications of such behavior. To provide that understanding, the University has implemented an on-line interactive training program on sexual harassment that is accessible from your personal computer. Special versions of this program have been designed for faculty, managers and supervisors, as well as non-supervisory personnel.
The program takes about 45-minutes and is available at Preventing Sexual Harassment.