Anti-Discrimination Policies


  • Affirmative Action Policy
  • Equal Opportunity Statement
  • Notice of Nondiscrimination
  • Nursing Mother Amendment to FLSA
  • Policy on Consenting Relationships
  • Racial Harassment Policy
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual Harassment Policy

Affirmative Action Policy

Pittsburg State University is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and educational equity. Accordingly, it is the policy of the University to take affirmative action to eliminate and to prevent all policies, procedures and practices in recruitment, employment, compensation, promotion, educational programs and activities which discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, ancestry, genetic information or disabilities.

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Equal Opportunity Statement

Pittsburg State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all members of the University community. To ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to realize their employment goals and/or their educational goals and potentials, the University shall conduct all endeavors and activities without discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, genetic information or political affiliation. Equal opportunity for employment, education, and educational-related activities shall be extended to all qualified persons.

Pittsburg State University Employment Statement

Pittsburg State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Adopted 1978

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Notice of Nondiscrimination

Pittsburg State University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital or parental status, ancestry, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, or disabilities. The following person has been designated to address inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Director of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator, 218 Russ Hall, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762-7528, 620-235-4189, equity@pittstate.edu.

Policy on Consenting Relationships

  1. Decisions concerning grades, degrees, promotions, evaluations, merit increases, and awards must be made free from any trace of bias or favor. Such decisions become suspect when made by those who have a consenting (romantic or sexual) relationship which is beyond the purely professional or academic one with those who are the object of those decisions. Even the mere appearance of bias may seriously disrupt the academic or work environment affecting others who are a part of it.
  2. Commonly accepted standards of professional behavior and ethics require that faculty members not hold evaluative power over any student with whom they have a consenting (romantic or sexual) relationship. Faculty members should not initiate or accept such a relationship with a student over whom they have an evaluative role. Should such a relationship exist between a faculty member and a student, the faculty member must remove him/herself from the evaluation of the student's work.
  3. Commonly accepted standards of professional behavior and ethics require that administrators, supervisors, coaches, and other unclassified personnel not hold evaluative power over any student or employee with whom they have a consenting (romantic or sexual) relationship. A supervisor who is in a consenting (romantic or sexual) relationship with another individual over whom he or she has evaluative responsibility must remove him/herself from personnel decisions concerning that individual, such as appointment, retention, promotion, discipline, tenure or salary.
  4. When complaints arise from situations where such relationships are not handled as described in items 2 and 3, the faculty member, administrator or supervisor shall be considered to be in possible violation of the University policy on Affirmative Action.

 

Approved by Faculty Senate, January 23, 1995
Approved by Deans Council, January 24, 1995
Approved by Coordinating Council, February 1, 1995

Racial Harassment Policy

Academic freedom can exist only when all are free to pursue ideas in a non-threatening atmosphere of mutual respect. Racial harassment is harmful not only to the persons involved, but also to the entire University community. Racial harassment includes but is not limited to verbal, physical or written abuse directed toward an individual or group, blatant and subtle graffiti, and insensitive use of language including epithets and humor on the basis of race, ethnicity or racial affiliation, and has the purpose or effect of the following:

 

  • Creating an intimidating hostile, or offensive work or educational environment for an individual or group;
  • Interfering with an individual's or group's work, academic performance, living environment, personal safety; or participation in any University-sponsored activities.
  • Threatening an individual's or group's employment or academic opportunities.

 

Any such act shall be a violation of Pittsburg State University's Racial Harassment Policy. Alleged offenses may be adjudicated through the Discrimination Grievance Procedure and/or judicial processes for students; through the student judicial process for student organizations; or through the Discrimination Grievance Procedure for faculty and staff.

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Retaliation

The University will not tolerate retaliation in any form against anyone raising a concern of discrimination in good faith as a complainant or participating as a witness, an investigator or in any other capacity. Retaliation is typically a significant adverse action taken against an individual because the individual participated in an internal complaint process. University policy and state and federal law prohibit retaliation against an individual for reporting discrimination, sexual violence or harassment, or for participating in an investigation. Retaliation is a serious violation that can subject the offender to sanctions independent of the merits of the allegation. Allegations of or questions about retaliation should be directed to the Director of Institutional Equity/Title IX Coordinator or to your supervisor.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual discrimination in the form of sexual harassment is defined as the use of one's authority or power to coerce another into unwanted sexual relations or to punish another for his/her refusal, or the creation by a member of the University community of an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or educational environment through repetitive verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Such conduct shall be a violation of Pittsburg State University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies.

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Unclassified Recruitment and Employment