Anti-Discrimination and Complaint Procedures Policy

Marywood University (the “University”) declares and reaffirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunity and non-discrimination in its educational programs and all other activities that it operates both on and off University property.  Marywood is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, living and working environment for all members of the Marywood community. Marywood University does not condone and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or assault regardless of whether the action is based on race, sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence and pregnancy), color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, creed, ancestry, religion, disability, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, whether an individual has a GED, use of a guide or support animal, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. 

Marywood University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and in other activities operated by the University and is required by Title IX, and specifically 34 C.F.R. Part 106.9, not to discriminate in such a manner.  This extends to employees of and applicants for admission to Marywood University.  Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University, or to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

Any individual who believes s/he has been subject to discrimination on the basis of sex is encouraged to file a grievance consistent with the University’s Sexual Misconduct and Complaint Procedures Policy.

Marywood University is committed to taking all necessary steps to comply with any obligations it may have under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the Campus SaVE Act of 2013.  These are explicit civil and legal applications of the formulation of beliefs already cherished in Marywood’s religious commitment, objectives, and practices.

Marywood University will make reasonable accommodations to known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the University.  Any person who believes he or she may require such accommodation should contact the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer.

The Marywood University Anti-Discrimination Policy applies to all faculty, staff, administration, employees, students, volunteers and visitors on campus property.  Additionally, the Policy applies to the conduct of all faculty, staff, administration, employees, students, volunteers and visitors at off-campus University-sponsored events, including, but not limited to, academic and educational programming, internships, study abroad programs, athletic events, and all other University programming, as well as to the conduct of all faculty, staff, administration, employees, students, volunteers and visitors occurring off-campus but having an effect on the University’s educational environment.

Contact Information

Anyone believing s/he has been the victim of or a witness to, or otherwise has reason to believe or become aware of, discrimination, harassment or assault by, or involving, any member of the University community, guests or visitors on University property or any property controlled by the University, including off-campus University sponsored events, is encouraged to report the incident as soon as possible to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator or a member of the University faculty, staff or administration.  (See contact information below).  The University strongly encourages and expects all members of the University community to report suspected or actual incidents involving discrimination, harassment and violence. 

No one should assume that the University knows, or has reason to know, about a particular situation involving discrimination, harassment and/or assault.  The University encourages any person believing s/he has been the victim of or witness to discrimination, harassment or assault to report the incident as soon as possible, but not later than 30 working days, except in unusual circumstances, after the alleged incident(s) occurs, to one of the following individuals:

Dr. Patricia E. Dunleavy, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Title IX Coordinator– for complaints against a member of the faculty, staff or administration
dunleavy@marywood.edu
570-348-6220
570-961-4740 fax
86 Liberal Arts Center

Dr. Amy Paciej-Woodruff, Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Deputy Title IX Coordinator – for complaints against students
apaciej@marywood.edu
570-348-6246
207 Nazareth Student Center

Mr. Ross Novak, Senior Director of Student Conduct and Residence Life
Deputy Title IX Coordinator - for complaints against students
rnovak@marywood.edu
570-348-6236
The Tony Domiano Center for Student Life

Dr. Alan M. Levine, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Deputy Title IX Coordinator – for complaints against a member of the faculty
Levine@marywood.edu
570-348-6232
570-961-4743 fax
200 Liberal Arts Center

Ms. Meghan Cruciani, Assistant Vice President for Student Success
Deputy Title IX Coordinatorfor complaints against a member of the staff or administration cruciani@marywood.edu
570-340-6043
570-340-6073 fax
227 Liberal Arts Center

The Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, in consultation with the President, will decide the appropriate course of action in cases where a conflict of interest is evident or possible.

Any member of the Marywood community may call the University Whistleblower Hot Line at 855-278-2074 and/or use the Internet based reporting system at http://marywood.ethicspoint.com. See the University Whistleblower Policy for details.

In order for the University to be able to remedy alleged discrimination, harassment or assault, it is recommended that claims are immediately brought to the attention of administration.  Failure to report claims of such conduct hampers the University’s ability to take appropriate steps to remedy such situations. Every report of perceived discrimination or harassment will be fully investigated and corrective action will be taken when appropriate. 

Violations of this Policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including discharge, dismissal, or termination of employment. 

Confidentiality

If the complainant requests confidentiality or will not consent to a complaint being pursued, the University will take all steps reasonable and necessary to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the request for confidentiality and/or request not to pursue the investigationHowever, the University has an obligation to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.  Therefore, should the complainant elect to not pursue the complaint or request confidentiality, depending on various factors, including the seriousness of the complaint and number of victims, the University may nonetheless undertake the investigation on its own.  The University cannot guarantee confidentiality; however, it will take reasonable steps to ensure confidentiality in accordance with its obligations to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.

Interim Accommodations

Complainants have the right to review options and available assistance for interim changes to academic, living, transportation and working conditions.  If the complainant requests such an accommodation, and the accommodation is reasonably available, the University will take action to implement the requested accommodation.  Any interim remedial action will not inconvenience the complainant.

External Resources

Complainants or the University may choose to file a report with the proper law enforcement authorities also.  Marywood University has personnel on staff who can explain criminal complaint procedures and assist victims in beginning the process.  Additionally, if necessary, University administrators will notify the appropriate law enforcement officials in accordance with any obligations under federal, state and local laws.  Police investigation and legal prosecution are conducted outside of and in addition to University procedures.