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Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Non-Discrimination

Saint Francis University, inspired by its Franciscan and Catholic identity, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity, both as an educational institution and as an employer. 

  • University Policy

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    Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Non-Discrimination 

    Policy Overview: The core purpose of this policy is the prohibition of all forms of discrimination. Sometimes, discrimination involves exclusion from or different treatment in activities, such as admission, athletics, or employment. Other times, discrimination takes the form of harassment or, in the case of sex-based discrimination, can encompass sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, sexual exploitation, dating violence, or domestic violence. When an alleged violation of this anti-discrimination policy is reported, the allegations are subject to resolution as detailed  in the full plan above.

  • Title IX inquiries may be made internally to:

    Lynne Banks
    Associate Dean of Students,
    Title IX Coordinator

    Office Location: Padua Hall 232B 
    Phone: 814.472.3352 
    Email: lbanks@francis.edu 

    Discrimination inquiries may be made internally to:

    Jeffrey Savino
    Vice President for
    Finance and Administration

    Office Location: Raymond Hall 101 
    Phone: 814.472.3260 
    Email: jsavino@francis.edu 

    Inquiries may be made externally to:

    Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-1100
    Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
    Facsimile: (202) 453-6012 
    TDD#: (877) 521-2172
    Email: OCR@ed.gov
    Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr 

  • The following policies are fully outlined within the University Policy on Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Non-Discrimination .

    Title IX

    Saint Francis University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extra- and co-curricular, athletic, or other programs, or in the context of employment. Sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that provides that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX requires institutions to provide an educational environment free from discrimination based on sex. Sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, and relationship violence are all forms of sex discrimination.  

    Policy on Non-discrimination

    Saint Francis University adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in [public/private] institutions of higher education. Saint Francis University does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student, or applicant for admission on the basis of: gender, gender identity, age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, predisposing genetic characteristic or any protected classification under applicable local, state, or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any grievance process on campus, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or other human rights agencies.

    Policy on Disability Discrimination and Accommodation

    Saint Francis University is committed to full compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities, as well as other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to individuals with disabilities. Under the ADA and its amendments, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The ADA also protects individuals who have a record of a substantially limiting impairment or who are regarded as disabled by Saint Francis University, regardless of whether they currently have a disability. 

     Policy on Discriminatory Harassment

    Students, staff, administrators, and faculty are entitled to an employment and educational environment that is free of discriminatory harassment. Saint Francis University’s harassment policy is not meant to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include germane but controversial or sensitive subject matters protected by academic freedom. The sections below describe the specific forms of legally prohibited harassment that are also prohibited under Saint Francis University policy. When speech or conduct is protected by academic freedom and/or the First Amendment, it will not be considered a violation of Saint Francis University policy, though supportive measures will be offered to those impacted. All policies encompass actual and/or attempted offenses.