Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program

Montclair State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution in compliance with relevant Federal and State civil rights laws and executive orders.

For Employees: Equal opportunity laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disabilities (not interfering with job performance), sexual or affectional orientation, and other non-job-related criteria in every aspect of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, retention, tenure, promotion, remuneration, leaves of absence, fringe benefits, and other conditions of work.

For students: No student will be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity of the University because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disabilities (not interfering with academic performance), or sexual or affectional orientation.

Affirmative Action requires a written, results-oriented process to correct areas of underrepresentation of ethnic minorities and females, where it exists.  Ethnic minorities, as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, include Blacks, Hispanics, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans.

For more details, see ?Statement on Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Sexual Harassment and Tolerance,? on page 115.

Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Complaint Process for Employees

Procedures are in place for filing internal discrimination/sexual harassment complaints.  There are strict time lines that must be adhered to for filing internal complaints under our procedures and for filing external complaints with State and Federal compliance agencies.  A copy of the document and information concerning the complaint process can be secured from the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer in College Hall, Room 316D.

Montclair State University has an institutional obligation to assure that non-discriminatory policies and procedures are upheld.

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and is prohibited by the University.  It is also a violation of federal and state laws. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, behavioral, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.