Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.42 / 3.00 Heather Albert-Knopp
Dean of Admission
Office of Admission
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

COA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status. COA operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination.
https://www.coa.edu/policies/community-policies/
https://www.coa.edu/admissions/apply/


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

From the non-discrimination section of our handbook:
The following procedures will be followed should any member of our community [student, faculty, staff] feel that infringement of rights or discrimination has occurred.

The procedure utilized in the investigation of any complaint of civil rights infringement or discrimination will be the same as those used for the investigation of gender or sexual harassment. These procedures are outlined in the Sexual Harassment section of the Handbook (see below for an example).

If a community member is uncertain about whether they have experienced discrimination, have questions or would like clarification, or need help, they are strongly encouraged to contact any of the following: the Dean of Student Life, the Director of Public Safety, the Academic Dean, or the Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity officer.

If a community member decides to pursue a complaint, the first person to be contacted in such an event should be the Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity officer.

For example: In the case of a complaint involving one or more students, we convene a group that would include Director of Public Safety, Dean of Student Life and members of the Student Support Team among others to assess potential threat, to start any necessary investigation, to determine whether to notify the community or hold community discussions, and to offer appropriate support and resources to affected individuals or groups. Depending on the circumstances and the preference of those affected incidents may be handled through administrative action of a formal complaint process for social misconduct. Examples of kinds of actions that might be taken should an individual be found responsible for a bias incident include warnings and letters of apology, targeted educational programs, actions to make amends and/or achieve reconciliation, and suspension or expulsion.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
Yes

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

College of the Atlantic has participated in the United World College Davis Scholars program since it's founding more than 20 years ago. We specifically recruit international students from a wide range of countries and different religious, racial, ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds through this scholarship program. In 2021, the college's admission office developed and began implementing a plan for recruitment of more domestic (US) BIPOC students. Action steps in this plan include implementing a new prospective student Fly-In program for students of color and underrepresented students, and developing a fee waiver/full-need scholarship for students from Maine's Wabanaki tribes. Currently more than 30% of the College of the Atlantic student body is Pell-eligible.

In regards to faculty recruitment, the college's Faculty Diversity Working Group spent more than a year discussing and formulating strategies for increasing faculty diversity and representation through the position recruitment process. Among other things, during the faculty recruitment process, the search committee is tasked with seeking out professional associations for minority and underrepresented groups in the appropriate academic discipline(s).


Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

The college's Spectrum group is a peer support group for LGBTQ+ students, and the Black Student Union is a peer support group for Black students. We have a mentoring program and pre-orientation program for international students, as well as our College Opportunity and Access program offering for students who identify as BIPOC, first generation, or low-income. This program includes a special pre-orientation, peer mentoring, and gatherings and workshops throughout the academic year.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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