Nondiscrimination Policy and Procedure
- Cleveland State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution. No person will be denied opportunity for employment or education or be subject to discrimination in any project, program or activity because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap or disability, disabled veteran, or other protected veteran status.
- Inquiries concerning implementation of the above policy and compliance with relevant statutory requirements, including, inter alia, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 may be directed to Maria J. Codinach, Director, Affirmative Action Office, Administration Center, Room 236, (216) 687-2223.
- Students who wish to seek accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 must request such accommodations and should contact the Office of Disability Services, Main Classroom, Room 147, (216) 687-2015, for information or to request accommodations.
- Complaints of discrimination may be addressed through the Affirmative Action Office and the Student Grievance Procedure outlined in the Cleveland State University Student Handbook, copies of which are available through the Cleveland State University Department of Student Life, Main Classroom, Room 106, (216) 687-2048.
Affirmative Action Policy
Cleveland State University is committed to the principles of equal employment and educational opportunity for all individuals and to the development and implementation of results-oriented procedures and programs to enhance access and opportunity for minorities and women, persons with disabilities, Vietnam-era veterans, disabled veterans, and other protected veterans. The Board of Trustees has charged everyone associated with the University to support and implement these procedures and programs and to participate in achieving their maximum success.
The Affirmative Action Office is responsible for the administration of the University’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policies and procedures. Through formal and informal procedures, the Affirmative Action Office is primarily responsible for the investigation and resolution of all complaints of unlawful discrimination, including complaints of sexual, racial, and any other types of unlawful harassment. The Affirmative Action Office seeks to achieve a fair and prompt resolution of discrimination complaints and takes appropriate action when necessary. The Affirmative Action Office works cooperatively with departments and other units to provide training and information on unlawful discrimination and affirmative action issues to increase awareness throughout the University community. The office promotes the full participation, well-being, and equitable treatment of all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or protected Veteran status.
The Affirmative Action Office is located in the Administration Center, Room 236; telephone (216)687-2223. Maria J. Codinach, JD, currently serves as the Director of the Affirmative Action Office.
Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of the University that no member of the University community shall engage in sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is both reprehensible and unlawful. It is contrary to the most fundamental ethical canons of the academic community. The University will not tolerate sexual harassment because it creates an unacceptable or injurious working or educational environment.
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: 1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in any University activity; 2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making a decision affecting instruction, employment, or other University activity; 3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment.
Copies of the University policy, including complaint procedures, may be obtained from the Affirmative Action Office, the Office of Minority Affairs and Community Relations, the Department of Student Life, and the Department of Human Resources Development and Labor Relations. Maria J. Codinach, JD, Director of the Affirmative Action Office, has primary responsibility for the investigation and resolution of sexual harassment complaints.