Academic Catalog


VII.Community Standards and Policies: F. Affirmative Action Plan and Non-Discrimination Policy

1. Affirmative Action Plan

Denison University first instituted an Affirmative Action Plan in 1977 for the purpose of reviewing University policies and practices to ensure equal opportunity in employment and education. The Provost with respect to the faculty, the Director of Human Resources with respect to the Supportive Operating Staff and Administrative Staff, and the Vice-President for Finance and Management with respect to outside contractors, are responsible for helping to meet these goals. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Overseeing the implementation of the Affirmative Action Plan and serving as a liaison for the University on Affirmative Action issues. Developing and/or revising the Affirmative Action plans and Hiring Procedures as needed.
  2. Maintaining current knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations that pertain to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
  3. Monitoring all searches for faculty, and administrative and support staff positions.
  4. Analyzing employment data in order to identify problem areas. Working with appropriate University officials and campus committees to evaluate personnel policies in light of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
  5. Overseeing the operation of university grievance mechanisms related to complaints of employment discrimination and Harassment. Mediation of conflicts between and among employees and students relating to these issues.
  6. Informing members of the University community about their rights and responsibilities with regard to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
  7. Supervising the evaluation of efforts and results made pursuant to the Affirmative Action Plan.

2. Nondiscrimination Policy

Denison University does not engage in discrimination in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of admissions or employment, against students, employees, or prospective employees, on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or veteran status.

The University complies with the requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, the Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and all other applicable federal, state, and local statutes, ordinances, and regulations.

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of discrimination prohibited under Title IX. Title IX violations may be referred to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Coordinator (in the Office of Human Resources) or to the Title IX Coordinator.