Santa Clara University

Compliance Responsibilities

The Office of Affirmative Action is responsibile for ensuring Santa Clara University's policies, as well as federal, state, and local laws pertaining to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.  To fulfill this mission, the Director also serves as the 504/ADA Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator.

The Office provides assistance to faculty, staff, and students regarding concerns relative to affirmative action, to seeking information or counsel, or to file a complaint regarding discrimination or harassment.

Unlawful discrimination is conduct that may deny equal opportunities, privileges, or benefits to individuals based upon race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition as defined by California law, marital status, citizenship status, or other status protected by law.

Harassment is conduct that has the effect of demeaning, ridiculing, insulting, stigmatizing, frightening, intimidating, or impeding the work or movement of a person to whom the conduct is directed.  The form of conduct may be verbal (either oral or written words or symbols), such as epithets, insults, and derogratory comments.  The form of conduct may be physical, such as assault or battery, impeding or blocking movement, or any physical interference with normal work or movement.  The form of conduct may be visual, such as derogatory posters, cartoons, or drawings.

Unlawful harassment is harassment that refers to or is based upon the protected status of the person or persons being harassed, including race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition as defined by California law, marital status, citizenship status, or other status protected by law.

 

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