Policy Name: Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement
Policy Number: STU-7007
Revised: Not applicable
Equal Opportunity & Non-Discrimination Statement
Holy Family University seeks to foster an inclusive and healthy educational and work environment based on respect, the dignity of each person and the oneness of the human family. The University prohibits harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and bias incidents in any form, including, but not limited to, those based upon race, color, religion, religious-expression, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, military/veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies and practices, financial aid programs, athletic programs, and other school-administered activities and rights and privileges generally accorded or made available to employees and students at the University. Holy Family University is dedicated to ensuring an environment free of discrimination or harassment of any kind, and promotes equal opportunity and inclusion in its employment and education. All University employees, faculty members, students and community members are expected to join with and uphold this commitment to maintaining a positive learning, working, and living environment.
Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All Holy Family University faculty, staff, and administrators are responsible for reporting actions that violate the provision of Title IX. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can also include sexual harassment which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
- An employee of the College conditioning the provision of education benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (i.e., quid pro quo); or
- Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education program or activity; or
- Sexual assault (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Any person may report violations of the nondiscrimination policy, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute discrimination, sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number, electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address listed for the Title IX Coordinator. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and/or laws: Marianne Price, MS, Title IX Coordinator; 9801 Frankford Ave., Campus Center, Philadelphia, PA, 19128; 267-341-3204; email@example.com.
Information regarding grievance procedures, how to report or file a formal complaint, and how the University will respond can be found at www.holyfamily.edu/title-ix. Retaliation will not be tolerated against any person for making a good faith report of discrimination based on that person’s participation in any allegation, investigation, or proceeding related to the report of discriminatory conduct.
Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to Holy Family University’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary, or both. The Assistant Secretary contact information is U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202, Main Telephone: 202-453-6914.