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Non-Discrimination (Policy)

Office of Origin: Human Resources
Responsibility: Executive Director, Human Resources
Original Date Adopted: 07-29-82
Dates Reviewed: 09-23-14, 05-23-17, 12-08-20, 09-27-22
Last Date Approved by Board: 09-27-22

Lake Michigan College (the College) is an equal opportunity institution, affording enrollment, employment, and services without distinction based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetics, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state, or local laws. 

Admission to the College is addressed in the Admissions policy, which states that the College has an “open door policy”. Because of this open door policy, diversity is not considered regarding admissions.

This commitment to equal opportunity encompasses all individuals. The College commits that every individual will have the right to personnel, employment, and College business practices that provide equal opportunity and equity.

Specifically, the College commits that every student will have the right to:

  • access all courses, including career education courses and programs;
  • physical education and participation in interscholastic, intramural and club athletics, if offered;
  • equal treatment, including financial aid assistance, counseling, employment assistance, honors and awards, and extracurricular activities.

Questions regarding a person’s rights under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title IV”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), and/or Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (“Age Discrimination Act”) should be directed to the Executive Director, Human Resources. 

Questions regarding a person’s rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) should be directed to the Director, Student Wellbeing & Accessibility.

Inquiries concerning the Non-Discrimination policy may be directed to Director, Officer for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, DC 20201.

Inquiries or complaints by students, prospective students, employees, employment applicants, and persons providing services to or for the College that concern non- discrimination policies or procedures should be directed to the Executive Director, Human Resources or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, whose contact information can be found on their website.


A discrimination grievance is an unresolved complaint by an employee or student that there has been a violation or misinterpretation of the Non-Discrimination policy or of any anti-discrimination provisions of law. 

The following are not subject to the grievance procedure:

  • decisions to reduce the workforce;
  • contents of evaluations;
  • modification or repeal of policy; or
  • modification or repeal of a procedure unless it violates a policy.

No act of retaliation will made to any person making a charge, filing a complaint, testifying, or participating in any discrimination investigation or proceeding.

The College will investigate each complaint according to its Grievance – Discrimination procedure and will, upon request, provide a copy of the College grievance procedure. 

Admissions policy
Age Discrimination Act of 1975
Campus Crime Statistics Act 
Clery Act Compliance policy 
Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
Grievance – Discrimination procedure
Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Title IX Sexual Harassment policy
Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title IX of Education Amendments of 1972

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