Equal Opportunity Programs was founded to support the University's mission for it's workforce to reflect the diversity of its students and the community it serves. The office works with University Administration, departments, and committees to ensure that University policies and programs comply with applicable nondiscrimination requirements.

Gallaudet University reaffirms it's commitment to equal opportunity by the incorporation of Gallaudet's non-discrimination policy:

Gallaudet is committed to assuring that its employment practices do not discriminate based on race, hearing status, disability, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, covered veteran status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, childbirth, or on any other unlawful basis. This policy applies to all procedures affecting applicants and employees and includes, but is not necessarily limited to: recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, reassignment, appointment, tenure, demotion, selection for training, layoff and termination, compensation and all other conditions or privileges of employment.

Disability

Gender 

Pregnancy

Race, Color, National Origin

Religion

Veteran Status

Confidentiality

The Director of Equal Opportunity Programs maintains confidentiality with regard to complaints, consultations and mediations. If the disclosure of information to another person is necessary to proceed with an investigation, the complainant (person making the complaint) will be advised first and allowed to decide whether or how to proceed.

Retaliation

Retaliation against a person who files a complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment, participates in an investigation of a complaint, or opposes an unlawful employment practice is prohibited by Federal and State law and University policy. Anyone who believes she or he has been retaliated against for filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment is encouraged to report the retaliatory actions to the Director of Equal Opportunity Programs. 

Mediation

   Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

In accordance with Federal and District of Columbia law, the University policy prohibits retaliation of any kind against any individual who has filed a complaint regarding discrimination or has participated in procedures to redress complaints of discrimination. Gallaudet University is committed to taking appropriate action against those who violate its policy of non-discrimination

   Student Affairs

The University believes the mediation of disputes will encourage reporting and resolution of complaints. Mediation is appropriate when all parties involved-the complainant(s) and respondent(s)-voluntarily agree to engage in the mediation process. Mediation will involve resolution of the incident, and the resolution may include mutually agreeable sanctions if appropriate. Mediation agreements are final, and there will be no subsequent proceedings. If mediation does not resolve the situation or if the mediation agreements are not adhered to, the case will be adjudicated utilizing established disciplinary proceedings.

   Office of Student Conduct

It is the intent of the student conduct program that the University, in handling its disciplinary problems, shall continue the use of discussion, counseling, mediation, and other existing procedures, as long as such measures prove effective. The other provisions of the program shall be set in motion in such instances when the informal procedures prove to be, or manifestly appear to be, ineffective, or inappropriate.

  Mental Health Center

The Mental Health Center's (MHC's) mission of service, training, and advocacy focuses on the mental health needs of Gallaudet students and the deaf community.

  Office of the Ombuds

The mediator is neutral, and does not make opinions about who is right or wrong.  The mediator does not provide resolution options, legal advice, or serve as the parties' counselor.  The mediator is present to facilitate respectful and constructive dialogue so the parties may address and resolve their concerns.

  Office of RIsk Management and Insurane

Gallaudet University and the Clerc Center have a new whistleblower hotline: we contracted with EthicsPoint to support the Board of Trustee's mandate to report possible misconduct, also known as a "whistleblower policy." The Board's overarching goal is for people to speak up for a better Gallaudet -- to come forward with rule or policy violations or safety concerns so we can correct them. Please read the Section 1.15 Policy on Reporting Suspected Misconduct (Whistleblower Policy) in the Gallaudet University Administration and Operations Manual.

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