313 - Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Policies and Reporting Procedures
Legal Reference: Minnesota State Board Policy 1.B.1
Minnesota State Procedure1B.1.2 (Preferred Name)
Minnesota State College Southeast Preferred Name Form (PDF)
Minnesota State College Southeast is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. 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, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.
Harassment of an individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission has no place in a learning or work environment and 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 and 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 statements and other forms of expression are involved, Minnesota State College Southeast will give due consideration to an individual's constitutionally protected right to free speech and academic freedom. The system office, colleges and universities shall develop and implement a complaint process to review complaints of discrimination/harassment or sexual violence.
Harassment, discrimination and sexual violence have no place in a learning or work environment. Further, Minnesota State College Southeast shall work to eliminate violence in all its forms. Physical contact by designated system, college, and university staff members may be appropriate if necessary to avoid physical harm to persons or property.
Detailed definitions, policies and procedures for Minnesota State Board Policy 1B.1 Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity, Procedure 1B.1.1 Report/Complaint of Discrimination, Harassment /Investigation and Resolution, and Sexual Violence Policy 1B.3 can be reviewed online at: http://www.MinnState.edu/board/policy/index.html.
Any individual who believes she or he has been, or is being, subjected to harassment, discrimination, bullying or sexual violence is encouraged to report the incident to the designated officer: Josiah Litant, 507-453-1420.
Administrators and supervisors shall refer allegations of conduct that they reasonably believe may constitute discrimination or harassment under Board Policy 1B.1 to the designated officer, or in consultation with the designated officer may inquire into and resolve such matters.
Approved: June 17, 1997
Reviewed: October 23, 2013
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; December 10, 2008; December 28, 2010