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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
Last Date Approved by Board: 12-08-20


Lake Michigan College (the College) is an equal opportunity institution, affording enrollment, employment, and services without distinction on the basis of age, color, height, weight, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, or gender identity or expression. 

Admission to the College is outlined in the Admission 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.

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, whose contact information can be found on the Directory page of the College website, or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

GRIEVANCES

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 procedures, 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 College-Wide Grievance procedure and will, upon request, provide a copy of the College grievance procedure. For concerns involving students, the student filing the grievance should direct it to the Vice President, Student Services, who will coordinate the process with the Executive Director, Human Resources.

All grievances must be signed by the aggrieved person and must specify the date or dates upon which the complained of action occurred; the policy, procedure or law which is claimed violated; the facts upon which the aggrieved person relies; and the relief requested. 

A grievant must join in a single grievance every claim that he/she has arising out of the same transaction or occurrence, even where it is asserted that the transaction or occurrence has violated more than one policy, procedure or law. A grievant is prohibited from filing more than one grievance concerning the same transaction or occurrence.

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

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