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Nondiscrimination Policy

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. CalArts does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related thereto), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion and religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), disability (mental or physical) including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, age, military and veteran status, ancestry, ethnic or national origin (including language use restrictions), or other characteristics or classifications protected by the law in the administration of its educational, employment, or admissions policies; scholarships and loan programs; and other Institute administered programs and activities, but may favor U.S. citizens or residents in admission and financial aid.

This policy strictly prohibits discrimination against, or the harassment of, any individual at CalArts or at Institute activities occurring away from campus, including but not limited to all individuals regularly or temporarily employed, studying, or with an official capacity at CalArts (such as Trustees, visiting artists, volunteers, and contractors). Persons violating this policy will be subject to corrective action up to and including discharge from employment or dismissal from CalArts.

It is the responsibility of all CalArts community members to ensure compliance with this policy. Accordingly, anyone who believes they are being harassed or discriminated against, have observed harassment of, or discrimination against, another person at the Institute in violation of this policy, or believe such conduct has occurred, should immediately report the incident to one of the individuals listed below.

Because harassment and discrimination can also constitute violations of federal and state law (e.g., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act), individuals who feel that they have been subjected to harassment or discrimination may, in addition to notifying CalArts, file a complaint with the appropriate state or federal agencies, including, in the case of employees, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. In addition, students and/or employees may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, ADA, or other non-discrimination policies may be referred to the following individuals or offices: 

Charmagne Shearill, Chief Human Resources Officer
Title IX Coordinator and Section 504/ADA Compliance Officer
Room A210-A
(661) 253-7837


Deputy Title IX Coordinators
Travis Greene, Dean of Students
Room A207
(661) 253-7891

Kim Russo, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Student Success
Provost Office
Room F300
(661) 222-2785

Last edited by bhoward on Sep 16, 2015
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