Office of Equity and Diversity

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Office of Equity and Diversity

About the Office of Equity & Diversity

The Office of Equity and Diversity houses several federal and state policies and is charged with overseeing their compliance. The policies include but are not limited to: The NJ Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX Compliance, Rowan University Workplace Violence Policy, and EEO Compliant Search Practices.

Rowan University remains committed to a policy of nondiscrimination for all its students and employees and for applicants for admission and employment. Our goal is to eliminate any patterns of prohibited unequal treatment from a community that prizes inclusion and fosters an environment of civility and respect.


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Meet the Staff

Meet the staff of the Office of Equity and Diversity now located in Bunce Hall, Suite 256. The Office of Equity & Diversity (OED) plays a significant role in providing advocacy for employees. It can be said that the OED protects the institution’s wellbeing by protecting individuals’ wellbeing. This may come in the form of removing impediments to access, encouraging a supportive environment, ensuring compliance with state or federal policies or providing resources.

Policies & Procedures

Familiarize yourself with policies that are in place to protect your rights to a respectful work environment free of discrimination, harassment, workplace violence and bullying. Each of the policies monitored by the Office of Equity and Diversity addresses concerns associated with equity and diversity in the workplace.

Americans with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. The Office of Equity and Diversity plays a substantial role in the enforcement of this Act to ensure the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Harassment and Discrimination

The State of New Jersey is committed to providing every State employee and prospective State employee with a work environment free from prohibited discrimination or harassment. Under this policy, forms of employment discrimination or harassment based upon the following protected categories are prohibited and will not be tolerated: race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy), marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, familial status, religion, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or disability.

Workplace Violence and Bullying

The University and the OED encourage and promote a collegial environment in which everyone feels safe. We are committed to mediating and circumventing disputes and threats of all sorts and collaborating with other Rowan professionals to achieve a secure workplace. Violence against employees can take many forms, including harassment or bullying, intimidation, threats, threatening behavior and physical violence. Any member of the Rowan community who feels threatened or senses imminent danger should call Public Safety immediately at 256-4911. The OED will assist in each instance with investigation, advocacy and referrals.

Title IX at Rowan University: What you need to know

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in all educational settings for both students and employees. In compliance with Title IX, Rowan University does not deny or limit any student the ability to participate in or benefit from any University program on the basis of sex or gender. Once a concern reaches the OED, the university’s Title IX team investigates and addresses complaints of violation. All employees are protected under Title IX and complaints will be investigated under the State EEO policy and model procedures.