Indian River State College EEO/AA Equity Mission Statement

Under the policies of Indian River State College, the College seeks to ensure equal opportunity employment and affirmative action in its educational programs, services and activities and employment policies and procedures for all without regard to race, color, nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information.

OFFICIAL NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICIES/PRACTICES

In compliance with various state and federal regulations, the District Board of Trustees of Indian River State College has approved non-discriminatory practices and policies concerning enrollment, admissions, and equal opportunity employment. This includes an Affirmative Action Program. The following laws collectively prohibit decisions that adversely affect an individual:

TITLE VII - CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 AS AMENDED: No persons shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

TITLE IX - EDUCATIONAL AMENDMENTS OF 1972: Prohibits Sex Discrimination in Education on the basis of sex in its employment practices for both academic and non-academic personnel, or in its admission of students, or in its educational programs or activities. Any inquiries concerning the applications of Title IX should be made to the Associate Dean of Human Resources or to the Equity Officers.

TITLE IX - EDUCATIONAL AMENDMENTS OF 1972: Prohibits Sex Discrimination in Education on the basis of sex in its employment practices for both academic and non-academic personnel, or in its admission of students, or in its educational programs or activities. Any inquiries concerning the applications of Title IX should be made to the Associate Dean of Human Resources or to the Equity Officers.

SECTION 504 - REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973: Prohibits discrimination against handicapped persons on the basis of handicap. The provisions of this law are equally applicable to employees, employment applicants, students, and student admissions.

THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) OF 1990: Protects persons with disabling conditions from discriminatory practices in public accommodations, employment, transportation, and telecommunications. The ADA extends the coverage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, beyond just those programs receiving federal funding.

THE FLORIDA EDUCATIONAL EQUITY ACT, Section 1000.05, F.S.: Prohibits discrimination against students and employees in the state system of public education, on the basis of race, sex, national origin, marital status, and handicap.

Other laws and regulations with which we are in compliance are The Equal Pay Act of 1963; Executive Order No. 1246: Title VIII, Public Health Service Act; Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Florida Human Rights Act.

NON-DISCRIMINATORY AND NON-HARASSMENT POLICY STATEMENT 

It is the policy of Indian River State College and its District Board of Trustees that each employee and student be allowed to participate in College programs and activities, including employment, in a discrimination and harassment free environment. Acts of discrimination and harassment of any nature based on one's race, color, nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information is strictly prohibited.

Harassment is a by-product and form of discrimination. Preventing it is the responsibility of the entire College. Accordingly, Indian River State College encourages all employees and students who believe they are being subjected to discrimination based on harassment to follow the Administrative Procedures, AP 3.13 and AP 3.131, for reporting complaints. The College takes these matters seriously and will act promptly and equitably to investigate and resolve matters of concern.

Questions or concerns regarding IRSC’s Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy may be directed to:

Equity Officer

Adriene B. Jefferson

Associate Dean of Minority Affairs & Equity Coordinator

Indian River State College

3209 Virginia Avenue

Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596

ajeffers@irsc.edu

(772) 462-7606

Affirmative Action ADA-504 Compliance Officer

Shelia M. Daniels

Associate Dean of Human Resources

Indian River State College

3209 Virginia Avenue

Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596

sdaniels@irsc.edu

(772) 462-7275

The College Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy and related Reporting Procedures for both employees and students may be downloaded from the IRSC website, www.irsc.edu. Copies of the procedures are also available in the Office of Minority Affairs and the Office of Human Resources, both located at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Florida.

The provisions of this publication are not to be construed as a contract between the student and Indian River State College. The College reserves the right to change any provision or requirement when such action will serve the interests of the College or its students. The College further reserves the right to ask a student to withdraw when it considers such action to be in the best interest of the College.

Students are responsible for meeting in full the requirements for graduation set forth in the College catalog. The Educational Services Division assists in the planning of a program of study for each student but the final responsibility for meeting the requirements for graduation rests with the student. The catalog considered “in force” and binding on the student is (on the student’s option):

  1. The one under which he originally enrolled (if not more than four regular semesters prior to his graduation).
  2. The current College catalog.