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Dominican College is committed to providing a work and academic environment that is free of unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sex, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, genetic disposition, or any other status protected by applicable law. In keeping with this commitment, Dominican College maintains a strict policy prohibiting all forms of unlawful discrimination or harassment and discouraging conduct that, while not unlawful, could reasonably be considered unlawful discrimination or harassment.  Furthermore, Dominican College also prohibits retaliation of any kind against individuals who file valid complaints or who assist in a Dominican College investigation of unlawful discrimination or harassment. The applicable laws defining unlawful discrimination or harassment include, but are not limited to, the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended; the Americans With Disabilities Act; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Moreover, unlawful harassment includes but is not limited to verbal, physical, and visual harassment. 

Dominican College recognizes the importance of maintaining the right of academic freedom and the College’s determination to protect the full and frank discussion of ideas. Thus, discrimination or harassment does not refer to the use of materials about or discussion of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, genetic disposition, or other status protected by applicable law for scholarly purposes appropriate to the academic context, such as class discussions, academic conferences, or meetings. 

This policy applies to all employees, students, independent contractors, and vendors or others doing business with Dominican College.