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University Policy 10 - Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Programs

University Policy 10
Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Programs

Initially approved:  June 6, 2012
Policy Topic:  Governance and Administration
Administering Office: Office of the President

Posted for Comment: 2012 June 6; Comment Period Closes: 2012 June 18
Issued 2012 June 18

 

I. POLICY STATEMENT

Kettering University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

Kettering University is deeply committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity or expression, disability, religion, height, weight, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions except where religion, sex, or age are bona fide job related employment requirements.

Discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sex, including marital status, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran, special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran or other protected veteran is prohibited by federal and state statutes as amended, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1978, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Inquiries or grievances may be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, Office of Human Resources, 1700 University Avenue, Flint, MI 48504, 810-762-9500. 

II. COMPLAINT PROCEDURES 

Complaints from Students

Any student who believes he or she has been treated unfairly based on any of the above classes or characteristics should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Life. It is the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Life to investigate and resolve student complaints made under this Policy. Investigations may be conducted in consultation with the Director of Human Resources. 

Complaints from Employees

Any employee who believes he or she has been treated unfairly based on any of the above classes or characteristics should contact his or her immediate supervisor, or the next level of supervisor if the immediate supervisor is the subject of the allegation. Employees and applicants may also contact the Director of Human Resources. It is the responsibility of the Director of Human Resources to investigate and resolve employee complaints made under this Policy. Investigations may be conducted in consultation with the appropriate supervisor(s).

Retaliation

This Policy seeks to encourage students and employees to report concerns involving discrimination. Any act of reprisal or retaliation, including interference, restraint, coercion, penalty, discrimination, and harassment - overtly or covertly - against a student or employee for responsibly reporting under this Policy interferes with free expression and violates this Policy. Accordingly, individuals who violate this retaliation prohibition may be subject to prompt disciplinary action.

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs

The Vice President for Student Life and the Director of Human Resources are responsible for the development of the university’s diversity and equal opportunity programs. All academic and administrative managers share responsibility for the implementation and oversight of these programs. Equal opportunity and diversity programs will be assessed periodically, and program reports will be presented to the President.

III. POLICY REVIEW

This policy shall be reviewed and revised as necessary every two (2) years.

IV. RELATED POLICIES AND RESOURCES

Student Handbook: http://www.kettering.edu/current-students/student-life
University Catalog:  http://www.kettering.edu/undergraduate 
Employee Handbook:  https://kettering.edu/offices-facilities/human-resources-0/employee-handbook-full-text-policies