Erie Community College is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, admissions, and employment. It is the policy of Erie Community College to provide equal opportunity for all qualified applicants, students, and employees and to prohibit discrimination as amended in the Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964. Erie Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, domestic violence victim status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran status or any other protected class as defined by New York State or Federal Laws. This policy covers all aspects of Erie Community College's business, including the student admission process.
The Office of Equity and Diversity is responsible for monitoring equal employment of all qualified persons, as well as investigating all complaints of discrimination made by employees, students, and community residents against the college's administration. The office also provides informational seminars and workshops on a variety of diversity topics.
Students have the right to a discrimination free educational program in course offerings and all campus activities. In 1964, the passage of the Civil Rights Act rendered discrimination on the basis of race in schools and other institutions illegal. In 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments was enacted to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions and programs. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section 504, as well as the Americans With Disabilities Act, protects the rights of students with disabilities, which means that particular efforts must be made to ensure accessibility to campus facilities and programs to persons with disabilities whether they matriculated, non-matriculated, undergraduate or graduate students, faculty or other employees. It means permitting access and full participation by persons with a wide range of disabilities through the elimination of architectural, public relations, program and attitudinal barriers.
Students' rights include equal opportunity in admissions, financial aid and counseling. Differential treatment on the basis of gender or race, or any other protected class in the classroom which affects the performance of the student and which constitutes harassment is prohibited.
If a student feels he or she has been discriminated against for the above reasons, the individual should contact the Director of Equity and Diversity or the Dean of students.