1. Policy Statement on Affirmative Action and Non-Discrimination
The Department of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ("DHE") is responsible, pursuant to Chapter 15A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the overall governance of the public higher education system, which includes the nine State Colleges. MCLA is committed to maintain and promote a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, political belief or affiliation, and veteran status.
This policy incorporates by reference, and where applicable, the requirements of: Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968; Titles I and II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations found at 34 C.F.R. part 106; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 402 of the Vietnam-era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; Federal Executive Order 11246 of 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11375 of 1967; Federal Executive Order 12900 of 1994; Federal Executive Order 13145 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13160 of 2000; Federal Executive Order 13166 of 2000; Massachusetts Civil Rights Act; Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 151B, 151C, and Chapter 149; directives of the DHE, the Boards of Trustees of the State Colleges and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and other applicable local, state and federal constitutions, statutes, regulations and executive orders.
Where to Get Help
Students are encouraged to talk with Student Affairs Division Office or other Student Affairs staff if they witness discriminatory behavior or if they feel they may be the object of discrimination. All Student Affairs staff are prepared to assist students who feel they experienced discrimination. Students who have experienced discrimination or harassment as defined by these policies should file complaints with the Affirmative Action Officer (located in Mark Hopkins Hall).
2. Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation
MCLA is committed to educating, training, and preparing our students to live and work in our increasingly global and diverse workforce. It is our commitment to take all possible steps to provide an inclusive and diverse learning, living, and work environment that values diversity and cultural tolerance and looks with disfavor on intolerance and bigotry. Any condition or force that impedes the fullest utilization of the human and intellectual resources available represents a force of destructive consequences for the development of our Commonwealth and ultimately, our nation.
This Policy prohibits all conditions and all actions or omissions, including all acts of discrimination, discriminatory harassment and retaliation denying or having the effect of denying any person their rights to equity and security on the basis of their membership in or association with a member(s) of any protected class. This policy reaffirms the values of civility, appreciation for racial/ethnic/cultural/religious pluralism and pre-eminence of individual human dignity as preconditions to the achievement of an academic community recognizing and utilizing the resources of all people.
In order to promote an atmosphere in which diversity is valued and the worth of individuals is recognized, the College will distribute policy statements and conduct educational programs to combat discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation.
The prohibited conduct contained in this Policy shall apply to and be enforced against all members of the College community, including, but not limited to, faculty, librarians, administrators, staff, students, vendors, contractors and all others having dealings with the institution.
3. Policy for Reasonable Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
MCLA is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities and employment for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. The College recognizes that individuals with disabilities may need reasonable accommodations to have equally effective opportunities to participate in or benefit from educational programs, services, activities and employment.
Any student of the College seeking reasonable accommodation for a disability may contact
the Director of Learning Services for more information.
MCLA has established complaint procedures to help resolve claims and complaints of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation on our campus. These procedures will also specifically address claims and complaints of sexual harassment and failure to accommodate or to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and academic adjustments for a person with disabilities as prescribed by the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 151B and 151C. The Discrimination Complaint Procedures serve as a system of review and resolution for both informal claims and formal complaints of discrimination, discriminatory and sexual harassment and retaliation on any of the above-mentioned protected bases. Any applicant for employment or admission or any member of the College community who believes they are the victim of discrimination or harassment may initiate an informal claim or formal complaint as outlined in the Discrimination Complaint Procedures, the full text of which is located on the College's website and in the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Diversity Plan. Further advice or information may be obtained by contacting the Student Affairs Division Office, other Student Affairs staff or the Affirmative Action Officer (located in Mark Hopkins Hall).