Nondiscrimination Policy

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, equity, and diversity in support of the university’s Strategic Plan. In support of these values, the university is committed to not discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, genetic information, disability, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic prohibited under applicable federal or state law.

If you require further information, please contact the Social Equity and Title IX Office (social-equity@iup.edu, 724-357-3402). Report an issue to the Social Equity and Title IX Office.

Scope of Policy

The university’s Nondiscrimination Policy applies to all on-campus and off-campus conduct that is likely to have a substantial adverse effect on any member of the university community. There is no time limit for reporting allegations of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct; however, the university strongly encourages prompt reporting to allow the university to respond effectively and in a timely manner. If the reported respondent is not a member of the university community or is no longer associated with the university at the time of the report or at the time a resolution process is initiated, the university may be unable to investigate or take disciplinary action and may be required to dismiss the complaint for a lack of jurisdiction.

Legal Authority

Discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct are currently prohibited under federal, state, and local laws including under Titles IV, VI, and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations; and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

This policy is not intended to interfere with or replace any rights an individual may have under principles of due process, merit principles, an applicable collective bargaining agreement, or applicable university or Board of Governors policies.

Purpose

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education are committed to providing equal access to all individuals and prohibiting any form of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, genetic information, disability, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic prohibited under applicable federal or state law (all a “protected category”) in any decision-making regarding admissions, employment, or participation in a university education program or activity.