Non-Discrimination Policy

Policies and Procedures on Harassment and Discrimination

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or status as a military veteran, or for any other category recognized by local, state or federal law. In the programs, activities, and services offered, including but not limited to admissions, recognition of performance, and achievement, which the College provides to students, staff, and applicants, it continually strives to maintain a nondiscriminatory environment. The College has appointed the vice president of student affairs and the assistant vice president of human resources and college services as officials responsible for coordinating efforts with regard to nondiscrimination, including Title IX (gender discrimination and sexual harassment) and Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (disability discrimination). These policies apply to on-campus conduct, as well as conduct at College sponsored or affiliated events or which involve members of the College community.

The College is committed to promoting an environment for all students, faculty, and staff that is fair, humane and respectful, and that recognizes and rewards students, faculty, and staff performance on the basis of relevant considerations, such as ability and effort. The College expects that all of its members will treat each other fairly and equitably, and without regard to differences such as those described earlier. These standards encompass applicants, students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors, and are to be observed by all members of the community with respect to all of the College's operations.

While the College makes an effort to prevent discriminatory conduct, there may be instances when an individual or group will feel that they may have been subjected to discriminatory treatment. Any individual or group that feels they may have been treated in discriminatory fashion is strongly encouraged to ask for guidance, or to file a complaint about the matter. The College will take steps to achieve a prompt and equitable resolution of any complaint. However, the College's effectiveness in handling instances of discrimination or harassment depends upon an individual raising his or her concerns as early as possible.

Discrimination and harassment, particularly sexual harassment, can occur in many ways, either intentionally or by accident. It can involve conduct that is insensitive or derogatory, demeaning, or threatening, and can affect one's education, performance, personal interactions and work. It is not tolerated at the College and is covered by the College's grievance procedure described in this section.

Sexual harassment is a specific form of discrimination, which is illegal and not permitted in the College community. In general, sexual harassment may be described as unwelcome sexual advances, requests to engage in sexual conduct or for sexual favors, and other severe, persistent or pervasive physical or expressive behavior of a sexual nature where:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's education or employment;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual;
  • Such unwanted severe, persistent and pervasive conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning educational or employment environment.

Sexual harassment can be verbal, visual or physical. It can be overt (e.g., in a suggestion that a person can get a higher grade by submitting to sexual advances), or it may be implied from conduct or circumstances. Sexual harassment can also consist of severe, persistent and pervasive unwelcome attempts to make an educational or professional relationship into a personal one. It may include severe, persistent and pervasive unwelcome sexual flirtation or inappropriate or derogatory language, including jokes involving individuals or classes of people, or persistent requests for dates. Sexual harassment also can be the display of offensive materials, unwelcome physical contact, or serious physical abuse (sexual assault or rape). For individuals seeking additional training on sexual harassment, the College has provided access to a web-based training program at http://www.newmedialearning.com/psh/aero/.

Similar discriminatory treatment, insensitive or derogatory language or actions based on other factors, such as race, religion, national origin or a disabling condition, are equally offensive and prohibited by the College. These types of behavior can be considered demeaning, coercive or, depending on the circumstances, threatening, and will be treated in a manner similar to a sexual harassment complaint. Disciplinary measures will be taken against individuals who engage in acts of discrimination or harassment.