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Administrative Policy and Procedures Manual
Section 1000: Campus Policy
1001.1 Equal Education/Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program
Effective:December 1, 1999
Revised: July 2007
Review Date: July 2009
Responsible Party: Director of Human Resources

The Chancellor will appoint an Affirmative Action Officer to assist University personnel with questions about the Equal Education/EO/AA policies and to explain the process for filing a discrimination grievance if requested.

Definitions:

Affirmative Action means the activities the University undertakes to guarantee equal opportunity, overcome the present effects of past discrimination, and prevent underutilization of qualified women and minorities, persons with disabilities, Vietnam era and disabled veterans as required by federal regulations.

Applicant means any individual who applies for admission to the University or any of its programs or services as well as any applicant for employment.

Covered Veteran means a veteran who is protected from discrimination by state and federal law, including recently separated veterans, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and other protected veterans.

Discrimination means treating a person differently than other similarly situated individuals because of their race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or preference, age, religion, creed or political belief, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran in admission, access to, or conduct of its educational programs and activities and in its employment policies and practices.

Equal Opportunity means non discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or preference, age, religion, creed or political belief, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.

Person with a Disability means an individual who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. “Major life Activities” means functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.

Sexual Orientation or Preference means having a preference for heterosexuality, homosexuality or abstinence, having a history of such a preference, or being identified with such a preference.

Student, for the purpose of this policy only, means any individual enrolled in a course or program of study at MSU-Northern, including student labor.

Veteran of the Vietnam Era means a veteran, any part of whose military, naval, or air service was during the period August 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975, and who

  1. served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged or released there from with other than a dishonorable discharge, or
  2. was discharged or released from active duty because of a service connected disability. No veteran may be considered to be a veteran of the Vietnam era under 41 CFR 61-250.2, paragraph 5, after December 31, 1991.

POLICY:

Montana State University-Northern believes that one of the essential functions of a university is to help all individuals realize their potential and to this end has committed itself by adopting the following Equal Opportunity Policy Statement:

Montana State University-Northern does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or preference, age, religion, creed or political belief, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran in admission, access to, or conduct of its educational programs and activities and in its employment policies and practices. Equal opportunity for employment, education, and education-related activities is granted to all persons, and extends, but is not limited to the following areas: opportunity, recruitment, retention, tenure, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, university sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs. Harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or preference, age, religion, creed or political belief, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran is a form of discrimination and is prohibited.

Montana State University-Northern also endorses a policy of affirmative action. To this end the University will enact a plan that will facilitate educational workshops for university employees, conduct a periodic review of administrative employment practices, develop a timetable that establishes reasonable employment goals for disadvantaged or underutilized groups as well as mechanisms for ongoing evaluation.

Employees or students who commit or supervisors who knowingly condone or fail to report incidents of discrimination are subject to disciplinary actions when instances of discrimination are identified and confirmed. Knowingly filing false complaints of discrimination will likewise result in disciplinary or corrective action when instances of such conduct are identified and confirmed. Retaliation against persons who file complaints or serve as witnesses is also a violation of laws prohibiting discrimination and will lead to appropriate disciplinary action against offenders.

Montana State University-Northern affords any student, employee, applicant for employment or admissions, or person who believes he or she was discriminated against by the University, the right to file a grievance on grounds of discrimination. Complaints of discrimination, including harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or preference, age, religion, creed or political belief, mental or physical disability, or status as s Vietnam era or disabled veteran should be reported to the Affirmative Action Officer.

 

MSU-Northern's Affirmative Action Officer:

Human Resources Director
208 Cowan Hall
265-4147
hr@msun.edu

References:

MSU-Northern Affirmative Action Plan for Minorities and Women
MSU-Northern Affirmative Action Plan for Individuals with Disabilities and Covered Veterans
The detailed analysis reports that accompany the MSUN Affirmative Action Plans are located in the office of the MSUN Human Resources Director/EEO Administrator, Kathy Jaynes, Cowan Hall, Room 208

1001 General Campus Conduct
1001.2 Sexual Harassment
1001.7 Discrimination grievance Procedure

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