Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Policy
MxCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical disability, mental disability (or history thereof) or criminal record in its educational and employment practices. Political beliefs and veteran status are also part of the nondiscrimination coverage in the Board of Regent’s Policy on Student Rights. Further, racism and sexual harassment are prohibited. Any student or staff person having a question or complaint pertaining to equal educational and employment opportunity can take the following steps:
- Contact the college’s Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations / Affirmative Action Officer at 860-343-5751.
- On student disability matters, notify the Dean of Students, who serves as the Section 504 Coordinator, in Founders Hall, Room 108, or call 860-343-5759.
- For matters relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), contact the ADA coordinator who is the Affirmative Action Officer at 860-343-5751, Room 115 in Founders Hall.
- On questions relating to sexual harassment, contact the Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations / Affirmative Action Officer in Founders Hall, Room 115, or call 860-343-5751.
- Utilize the college’s affirmative action grievance procedures as outlined in the Affirmative Action Plan, Section XIV, which is available in the Jean Burr Smith Library’s reserved reading area.
- Contact the State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities at 90 Washington Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06105, or,
- Contact the Boston office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Building, Room 409B, Boston, MA 02203.
People with Disabilities: Policy Statement
The Board of Regent’s of Community Colleges and all of the colleges under its jurisdiction are committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for individuals with disabilities in the community colleges. To that end, this statement of policy is put forth to reaffirm the commitment to ensure that no qualified person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity on a community college campus or in the central office of the Board of Regents.
The Board recognizes that a physical or functional impairment is a disability only to the extent that it contributes to the cutting off of a person from some valued experience, activity, or role. Higher education is therefore especially important to persons with disabilities, since its goal is to increase every student’s access to those valued experiences, activities, and roles. Improving access for students and employees means removing existing physical,programmatic and attitudinal barriers, as well as taking such corrective measures to prevent the erection of any new barriers.
The efforts of the community colleges to accommodate persons with disabilities should be measured against the goals of full participation and integration.Such services and programs best promote full participation and integration when they complement and support, but do not duplicate, the regular services and programs of the college.
Achieving the goal of full participation and integration of persons with disabilities requires cooperative efforts within and among higher education.The Board of Regents will work in cooperation with the Board of Governors to achieve this higher level of services and appropriate delivery methods at all Connecticut community colleges.
This statement is intended to reaffirm the Board’s commitment to affirmative action and equal opportunity for all people and in no way replaces the Equal Opportunity Policy Statement.
A grievance is an allegation that an agent of the college has discriminated against the grievant on the basis of disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et. seq. (ADA). The following procedure shall apply only to members of the public.
How to file a Grievance:
- Submit a grievance to the ADA coordinator (or other appointee of the president) within 30 days of the date of the alleged violation
- Include description of the discriminatory action
- State briefly the underlying facts
Procedure for grievance resolution:
- The ADA coordinator shall investigate the grievance in consultation with the college’s affirmative action officer
- Within thirty (30) days from the time the grievance was submitted, ADA coordinator shall recommend to the president a disposition of the grievance
- The president shall notify the grievant of the final disposition within fifteen (15) days of receiving the recommendation.
Policy on AIDS and Other Communicable Diseases
The community college system reaffirms its commitment to provide a safe and healthy educational environment, safeguard the rights of individuals, and comply with state and federal anti discrimination laws and regulations. Sound and compassionate legal, ethical, moral and educational principles require that students and employees with AIDS, HIV infection, and other communicable diseases be accorded the same rights and assume the same responsibilities as all other members of the community college community. It is recognized that the best method of allaying fears and promoting understanding is education: the dissemination of information based on fact and current scientific knowledge.
Community colleges have historically been committed to providing educational opportunities to all that desire and can benefit from them, as evidenced in the mission statements and policies concerning student rights, affirmative action,and equal opportunity. The Board and the colleges recognize that an important part of providing such opportunity is through the creation of a welcoming environment in which all people are able to work and study together, regardless of their differences. At the same time, colleges and universities have traditionally been at the cutting edge in the protection of our most cherished freedoms, most notably freedom of speech and non-violent action, which may protect even unpopular or divisive ideas and perspectives.
Such Constitutionally protected expression can contribute to the production of an unwelcoming and even offensive social and educational environment for some individuals in the College community, particularly when it concerns race, sex,sexual orientation, disability, or ethnicity; and, the First Amendment does not preclude colleges from taking affirmative steps to sensitize the college community to the effects of creating such a negative environment.
Therefore, the community colleges recognize their obligation not only to punish proscribed actions, but also to provide programs which promote pluralism and diversity and encourage the college community to respect and appreciate the value and dignity of every person, and his or her right to an atmosphere not only free of harassment, hostility, and violence but supportive of individual academic, personal, social and professional growth.
Therefore, any acts of racism or harassment directed against individuals or specific groups of individuals will not be tolerated and will be dealt with under the employee affirmative action grievance procedures and the student grievance and disciplinary procedures.
Each college will provide a comprehensive educational program designed to foster understanding of differences and the value of cultural diversity. This will include plans to (1) promote pluralism, (2) educate the college community about appropriate and inappropriate behaviors to increase sensitivity and encourage acceptance, and (3) widely disseminate this policy statement to the entire college community.
MxCC condemns all forms of racism, religious intolerance, and any acts of hatred or violence based on differences. Such behaviors will not be tolerated at the College, and may be subject to disciplinary action.
In adopting this policy, the College affirms the following principles:
- Every student should be treated with dignity and assured security and equality in the pursuit of higher learning.
- Acts of violence and harassment reflecting bias or intolerance of race, religion, and ethnic or cultural origin are unacceptable behaviors. Since these acts are inconsistent with the teachings and values of higher education, individuals who persist in such behaviors have no place on a college campus.
- The promotion of pluralism within higher education is a responsibility of both individuals and the higher education community.
- Colleges and universities have a duty to foster tolerance and encourage diversity-elements central to the mission of higher education.
- Individuals may not exercise personal freedoms in ways that invade or violate the rights of others.
The College’s parking regulations have been developed pursuant to State Statutes, Chapter 185b, Title l0a, Section l0a-79, 1983. Effective 24 hours a day throughout the entire year, these regulations are applicable to all students, staff, faculty, and visitors operating or parking motor vehicles on campus. Further, it is the responsibility of each vehicle registrant and operator to know and comply with these regulations. A complete copy of the regulations is posted on bulletin boards and is available through the Student Senate and the Maintenance Department.
Gambling and Narcotics
Gambling in any form on school premises is prohibited. Any student found gambling will be subject to dismissal. Any student found possessing or consuming narcotics on campus will be subject to dismissal from the College and to civil prosecution.
In a continuing effort to promote employee health and wellness, MxCC is committed to maintain a healthy, safe and productive work environment. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings.
The main campus in Middletown is a Smoke Free Campus. There are however, designated areas for smoking which are upper and lower parking lots. Signs have been posted and stand-alone ashtrays have been placed in the parking lots.
At the Meriden Center and the PMI lab, there are designated areas outside each building where smoking is allowed. People are asked to move 20 feet away from the doorway of the buildings when smoking.
This policy includes electronic cigarettes.
Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances
Normally, MxCC does not allow alcohol on campus. The consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus is generally prohibited; however the president has the authority, under her discretion, to permit alcoholic beverages for certain events with consideration to state law, federal law and Board policy and subject to the following conditions as appropriate:
- when a dram shop act insurance has been purchased;
- when a bartending certificate or license (“Liquor Permit”) has been provided;
- when a Caterer Liquor Permit Notification Form has been submitted to the CT State Department of Consumer Protection; and
- when written permission is granted by the President.
If you wish to have alcohol at your event, you must put your request in writing. Submit your intent to Nancy Walter at NWalter@mxcc.edu. Nancy will forward the request to the President of the College for her review. Approval of alcoholic beverages is at the discretion of the President. If approved, you will be responsible for obtaining from the liquor vendor, the dram shop act insurance naming Middlesex Community College as additional insured and indemnifying the College from any liability, as well as a copy of the liquor permit. You are also responsible for informing the liquor vendor to submit to the CT State Department of Consumer Protection, a Caterer Liquor Permit Notification Form. Copies of all documents must be submitted to Nancy Walter in advance of your event.
Weapons on College Campuses
All firearms, ammunition, and explosives including fireworks are prohibitedon college property. (Policy Manual, Board of Regents, Section 4.23 and CTGeneral Statutes Section 53-206).
The use or possession of weapons (as defined in 1 Sec. 53-206 of the Connecticut General Statutes) is prohibited on college campuses or at college activities except as authorized by Board or College policies. Any person required to carry a firearm because of employment with a local, state or federal police or law enforcement agency must present a letter from the chief of police or director of the authorizing agency stating such a requirement. All such letters should be addressed to the Dean of Academic Affairs.
1 Sec. 53-206: slung [sic] shot, air rifle, BB gun, black jack, sandbag, metal or brass knuckles, or any dirk knife, or any switch knife having an automatic spring release device by which a blade is released from the handle,having a blade of over one and one half inches in length, or stiletto, or any knife the edged portion of which is four inches or over in length, or any martial arts weapon or electronic defense weapon, as defined in Sec. 53a-3, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument. Sec. 53a-3(6): any weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot may be discharged, or a switchblade knife, gravity knife, bill, blackjack, bludgeon, or metal knuckles.
A. Uniform Campus Crime Report:
In accordance with Connecticut Public Act 90-259, Campus Safety Act, each institution of higher education within the State is annually required to prepare a Uniform Campus Crime Report (UCCR), which is consistent with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting System (UCR). The report is the annual statistical report of campus-based crime at MxCC for each calendar year. Copies of the latest and past reports are available to all students and employees, and upon request, to prospective students and employees, from the Dean of Finance and Administration. Reports are also on file for reference in the college library, located in Chapman Hall.
B. Sex Offender Registry:
The Connecticut Department of Public Safety (CDPS) publishes the names of persons who have been convicted of criminal sex offenses and who are required to register in Connecticut. MxCC is required by law to inform students that sex offender registry information is available at CDPS offices throughout the State, at local police departments and at state police troops with jurisdiction over your region. It is also available online at http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_office_disclaimer.php?office=54567 (link opens in new window).
C. Student Safety Responsibilities:
In order to maintain a safe environment, the college relies on the awareness and involvement of the faculty, staff and student body. Staff and students alike must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of personal property. This can be accomplished through the application of the following common sense guidelines:
- Always lock vehicles when leaving them unattended.
- Do not leave valuable items in vehicles in plain view. Lock them in the trunk.
- When walking to a vehicle, walk with others use the Buddy System.
- Have keys ready when returning to a vehicle. Always look around the area to ensure that no stranger is hiding near or behind the car.
- Do not leave belongings unattended.
- Do not give personal information to strangers.
- If a crime is committed, report it to the College at once.
- Students, staff and faculty may call campus security for an escort to their vehicle for any reason. Campus security can be reached as follows:
- Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., dial x6904 or x6735 from any college phone or call 860-343-6904 or 6735. If you do not reach security, dial x5800 for the main line or call directly at 860-343-5800. Choose ‘0’ to be connected to an operator.
- Monday through Friday between 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., dial x5704 from any College phone for Dean Sykes or call 860-343-5704.
- Monday through Friday after 4:00 p.m., call campus security at 860-463-5062.
- Saturdays, call campus security at 860-463-5062.
D. Reporting Crimes or Emergencies:
All crimes and emergencies should be reported to the Dean of Finance and Administration at 860-343-5704. After 4:30 p.m., contact the security guard at 860-463-5062.
To reach police, fire or medical assistance in an emergency, dial 911 from college telephones.
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