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Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Non-Discrimination


  • Policy Statement: 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. Accordingly, the University prohibits and does not engage in discrimination or harassment 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.

    Saint Francis University will not tolerate sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or sexually inappropriate conduct in any form. The University is committed to this policy based upon its values and as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. This policy applies to all programs and activities of the University, including, but not limited to, admission and employment practices, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic or other University sponsored programs.

    Saint Francis University affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity. All policies contained herein are subject to resolution using the University’s Resolution Process, as detailed below. The Resolution Process applies regardless of the status of the parties involved, who may be members or non-members of the campus community, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators and/or staff. The University reserves the right to act on incidents occurring on campus or off-campus, when the off-campus conduct could have an on-campus impact or impact on the mission of the University. 

    The Title IX Coordinator oversees implementation of the University’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity plan, disability compliance, and the University’s policy on equal opportunity, discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, and relationship violence. Reports of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, relationship violence, and/or retaliation should be made to the Title IX Coordinator promptly. There is no time limitation on the filing of allegations as long as the accused individual remains subject to the University’s jurisdiction, however a delay in filing a report will weaken an investigation. Reporting is addressed more specifically below.

    a) Any situation where it appears that the accused individual may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself or others;
    b) Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
    c) Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of the University.

     

  • 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 

    OR a Title IX team member  

    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