University Statement on EO/AA

University Statement on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Sexual Harassment

Montclair State University is morally and socially committed to providing a working and learning environment that is free of discrimination, harassment or bullying, and is inclusive and welcoming to persons from all racial, ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds.  The University community is enriched both educationally and socially by the diversity of its faculty, staff and student population, and this diversity enhances our image and success as we continue to grow in stature as an institution of higher education.  Members of the University community bring with them a diversity of thought and experiences and, consequently, it is important that we treat each other with dignity, acceptance, and mutual respect. 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 and offerings provided by the University constitutes a violation of University policy and will not be tolerated.

The University abides by all federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, education, and contracting services; adheres to equal opportunity and affirmative action executive orders and regulations; and seeks to recruit and retain a workforce and student population of high quality that are reflective of our diverse society.

As a University community, we are all responsible for creating and fostering an environment that is civil and respectful and for personally exemplifying the principles embodied in this statement in our daily interactions. 

Employment

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 also committed to employment efforts to correct the underrepresentation of protected classes, should it occur, and periodic assessments will be performed to determine the University’s success in these efforts.  

Students

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 or other related performance areas), 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), Junea Williams-Edmund, VP for Human Resources and Dr. Shannon Gary, Associate Dean of Students, serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  Dr. Gary is responsible for addressing student-to-student complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment/assault, and Ms. Williams-Edmund is responsible for addressing student complaints of sexual harassment/assault involving faculty or staff. Dr. Gary’s office is located in Student Center Suite 400 and he can be reached at Extension 4118 or at garysh@mail.montclair.edu.   Ms. Williams-Edmund's office is located at Overlook, 150 Clove Road, Little Falls, NJ, and she can be reached at Extension 6910, or at wiilliamsedmj@montclair.edu.  In addition, procedures for students filing internal complaints of sex discrimination/harassment can be found at the following website:  http://www.montclair.edu/sexual-harassment/.

On-Line Training Programs:

Title IX –Campus Clarity/LawRoom

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act requires colleges and universities to educate students, faculty and staff on the prevention of sexual assault, including rape, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  In order to comply with this law, Montclair State has contracted with LawRoom to provide an on-line interactive training program to students, faculty and staff. The employee training will be offered through Lawroom, and the student training will be offered through Campus Clarity, a service of LawRoom.  

The training takes approximately one hour to complete.  It is self-paced so one can start and leave the course, and when one returns the course will open to the last page visited. 

Sexual Harassment Prevention-Workplace Answers

The University considers sexual harassment of employees or students to be unprofessional and unacceptable behavior, and it will not be tolerated.  To provide guidance on what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, the University offers 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 required to complete both training programs on an annual basis.  

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/human-resources/about-us/eo-aa-and-diversity/discrimination-complaint-procedures/.

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 Carmen Lopez, HR Coordinator at Overlook Office 150 Clove Road, Little Falls, NJ 07424.  The acknowledgment form will be placed on file in Human Resources. Customized presentations/workshops on the State Policy can be arranged by contacting Ms. Milton’s office.

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, the on-line trainings, or the State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace, please feel free to contact Ms. Junea Williams-Edmund, Vice President for Human Resources at williamsedmj@montclair.edu or at Extension 6910.

 

Susan A. Cole
April, 2016