Policies and Related Information - Harassment and Discriminatory Conduct

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 or working 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 statement 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, college 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.

This policy supersedes all existing system, college, and university equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies.

St. Cloud State University is committed to providing equal education and employment opportunities to all students and employees regardless of of race, color, creed, sex, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identification, gender identity, national origin, disability, or other mentioned immutable characteristics. To carry out this commitment, St. Cloud State University not only prohibits discrimination in policy and process, but takes affirmative steps to prevent sexual and discriminatory harassment in the workplace and classroom.

Discrimination is defined as conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class and that subjects the individual to different treatment that interferes with or limits the ability of the individual to participate in, or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the system or colleges and universities or otherwise adversely affects the individual's employment or education.

Discriminatory harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class, and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment.

Retaliation against any individual who makes a complaint under this policy is prohibited.

St. Cloud State University students or employees with concerns or uncertainty about possible harassment or discrimination are encouraged to contact Ellyn L. Bartges, University Designated Officer, Equity and Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Coordinator, at 320-308-5123 or via email at affirmativeaction@stcloudstate.edu. At www.stcloudstate.edu/affirmativeaction/policies you will find St. Cloud State University policies, procedures and resources pertaining to discrimination, harassment and sexual violence.

 

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