Non-Discrimination, Including Compliance with ADA/Section 504 and Title IX

Policy of Non-Discrimination

The College adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, handicap or disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other College-administered programs and employment practicesRetaliation is also prohibited.  

Moore will consider for undergraduate admission all qualified students who live as women, and who consistently identify as women, at the time of application. Moore College of Art & Design is dedicated to using language specific to women, and will continue to use female pronouns, as we have for 167 years.  
 

Inquiries regarding compliance with the policy regarding non-discrimination may be directed to Joshua Wilkin, Dean of Students, 215-965-4038 or jwilkin@moore.edu OR Rachel Phillips, Director of Human Resources, 215-965-4025 or rphillips@moore.edu.

Compliance with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

In conformity with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it is the policy of Moore College of Art and Design not to discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap in its educational programs or activities or in its employment practices.

The Section 504 Coordinator is Claudine Thomas, Associate Dean.  Claudine Thomas can be reached at 215-965-4061 or at cthomas@moore.edu

Compliance with Title IX:

In conformity with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, it is also the policy of Moore College of Art and Design not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its employment practices, educational programs or activities. The admission of only women in the undergraduate program is in conformity with a provision of the Civil Rights Act. The provisions of Title IX protect students and employees from all forms of illegal sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, in College programs and activities.

The Title IX Coordinator is Emily Johnson, Assistant Dean of Students. Emily Johnson can be reached at 215-965-4097 or emjohnson@moore.edu.

All faculty and staff (including student workers) are considered “responsible employees” and must report any possible Title IX violation to Johnson. Should you wish to speak to someone confidentially, the only two staff members on campus who are not legally required to report violations are the Director of Health Services, Diane Azuma, and the Director of Counseling Services, Ruth Gayle.

Additional College Responses to Sexual Assault

If the student elects to file a report with the College beyond seeking medical/counseling support, the following support and procedures are in place.

1. The student will be informed of her option to contact local authorities to pursue legal or civil actions.

2. Should the student elect to file an incident report with the Title IX Coordinator/Assistant Dean of Students, depending on the nature of that report and the student’s wishes, the Assistant Dean may pursue it as a violation of the College’s Student Code of Conduct and/or the College’s Sexual Harassment Policy. If it is determined that a judicial hearing will take place, the Assistant Dean will follow the procedures outlined under Judicial System and Redress for Students in the Student Handbook — with the exception that the alleged violator and the student filing the report—the survivor—will both be informed of the resolution of any judicial hearing.

3. All incident reports of sexual assault filed with the College will be investigated. If the student filing—the survivor—requests confidentiality, information about the incident will be given only to College personnel who need access in order to conduct an inquiry and to the College’s President.

4. Once an incident report has been filed, the College will include information that does not identify the survivor in the crime statistics that the College files yearly in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act (also known as the Campus Security Act).

5. The College will make changes in the student survivor’s living and/or academic situation following a sexual assault, if the survivor requests these changes and if they are reasonably available.

Third Party Response to Sexual Assault

The College encourages students who, as third parties, have become aware of a serious allegation of sexual assault to report it to the Director of Counseling Services, the Director of Health Services, the Assistant Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator or, if the alleged assault occurred during an off-site college-sponsored program or college-related trip, to the faculty/staff member in charge. The College recognizes that there is ambiguity in urging students as third parties to report allegations of sexual assault while at the same time supporting the survivor’s right to confidentiality. Staff members or faculty will keep this ambiguity in mind when receiving a report about an alleged sexual assault, as they take relevant steps in response to the report, including offering support to the survivor. Even if the survivor requests that College personnel do not reveal her name, all College personnel (except the Director of Health Services and the Director of Counseling Services) are still required to treat the incident as a crisis under the College’s Crisis Policy and to report the incident to the appropriate personnel. If the survivor does not want her name disclosed, the report will be made without her name. College personnel must report allegations of sexual assault to the Assistant Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator, As noted above, under Additional College Responses to Sexual Assault, all incident reports will be investigated and the President will be notified of all reports of sexual assault.

Handling Sexual Assault in Off-Site Programs

If the sexual assault occurs off campus during a college-related trip or in a college sponsored program, the survivor is urged to report it to the faculty/staff in charge. The faculty/staff in charge shall contact the appropriate staff member at the College listed above in the reference to the Crisis Policy and work with that staff person to provide appropriate follow-up support for the survivor, including: a) ensuring the survivor’s safety; b) referring the survivor for medical exam and treatment, including advising her not to change clothing or bathe if criminal prosecution is likely or possible; c) arranging either to accompany the survivor as she seeks medical treatment and/or to provide another appropriate person, if the student or the faculty member does not believe that the faculty member is the appropriate person; d) informing the survivor about the on-campus support and response to sexual assault listed above in this policy so the survivor may avail herself of any relevant services; and e) recording the time, location and persons involved in an incident report.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OFFENSES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

1. Sexual Harassment

2. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same)

3. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same)

4. Sexual Exploitation

For more information on each of these categories, please look in the Student Handbook

OTHER MISCONDUCT OFFENSES (WILL FALL UNDER TITLE IX WHEN SEX OR GENDER-BASED)

• Threatening or causing physical harm, extreme verbal abuse, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person;

• Discrimination, defined as actions that deprive other members of the community of educational or employment access, benefits or opportunities on the basis of gender;

• Intimidation, defined as implied threats or acts that cause an unreasonable fear of harm in another;

• Hazing, defined as acts likely to cause physical or psychological harm or social ostracism to any person within the college community, when related to the admission, initiation, pledging, joining, or any other group-affiliation activity;

• Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally (that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the 1st Amendment).

• Violence between those in an intimate relationship to each other;

• Stalking, defined as repetitive and/or menacing pursuit, following, harassment and/or interference with the peace and/or safety of a member of the community; or the safety of any of the immediate family of members of the community.