Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.30
Liaison Bo Solomon
Submission Date March 31, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Drexel University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.92 / 3.00 Jen Britton
Director
UCP
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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:

https://drexel.edu/oed/policies/overview/
Our University’s founder, Anthony J. Drexel was committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and respectful educational environment for all students, regardless of religion, race, gender or socioeconomic status. Such an environment helps strengthen our ability to live and work in a diverse and global environment. Drexel considers acts of discrimination, harassment, and bias to be unacceptable and counter to its core mission and values. At the same time, freedom of expression and the right to disagree are fundamental to the educational experience and culture of our University. Nothing in this policy should be regarded as suppressing such intellectual freedom so long as any disagreements, arguments and/or debates are conducted in an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect.

Drexel University seeks to foster an inclusive and healthy educational and work environment based on trust and respect. The University prohibits harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and bias incidents in any form, including, but not limited to, those based upon race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran, socioeconomic status, and/or any characteristic prohibited by law (i.e., creed, marital status, citizenship status, etc). (collectively referred to as “Protected Category/ies”). See the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy (OED-3) for the University’s policy and procedures regarding reporting, review, investigation, and resolution of all Title IX related discrimination concerns against students, professional staff, and faculty members.

Drexel University is committed to promoting tolerance in all forms, including tolerating the speech of those who disagree with the position of another individual, group or authority and expects such disagreement to be expressed in a manner that is respectful and tolerant. The University encourages any individual who believes they have been affected by Discrimination, Harassment, or a Bias Incident to immediately report the incident or incidents giving rise to such concerns to the Office of Equality and Diversity. For emergencies, the University encourages all individuals to call 911 or the Drexel University Public Safety Department at (215) 895-2222.

The University will respond promptly and equitably to all allegations of Discrimination, Harassment, or Bias Incidents based on a Protected Category (as described above) and will take all appropriate steps to end the Discrimination, Harassment or Bias Incident, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. The University provides support options and resources to students, faculty members, and professional staff to address concerns covered under this Policy.

The University will provide interim measures to address individual safety and well-being, provide an adequate and reliable investigation, fair adjudicatory and resolution processes, and take remedial and corrective action if and when it is determined that a violation of this policy has occurred. At each of these stages, the University is committed to maintaining fairness for all parties and to balancing the needs and interests of the individuals involved with the safety and well-being of the community as a whole.

Retaliation in any form will not be tolerated against an individual who makes a report with the University or participates in an investigation of any such report.

This policy is for the prevention and remediation of Discrimination, Harassment, and Bias Incidents and any claim against an individual has the potential to cause serious harm to that individual’s status and/or reputation. It is therefore expected that all reports of such incidents will be as accurate as possible and made in good faith. Should it be determined that the Complainant acted out of malice or in bad faith, appropriate remedial actions will be taken.

The University adheres to all federal, state and local requirements for intervention, crime reporting, and privacy provisions related to Discrimination, Harassment and Bias Incidents.


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

The Office of Equality and Diversity (OED) provides an incident reporting form as its primary method of receiving reports. Staff in OED are tasked with pursuing responses to allegations: The University will provide interim measures to address individual safety and well-being, provide an adequate and reliable investigation, fair adjudicatory and resolution processes, and take remedial and corrective action if and when it is determined that a violation of this policy has occurred. At each of these stages, the University is committed to maintaining fairness for all parties and to balancing the needs and interests of the individuals involved with the safety and well-being of the community as a whole.


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

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

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

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

The Liberty Scholars program breaks down barriers to higher education for Philadelphia-based students, with a focus on recruiting students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, each year providing full scholarships for 65 high school graduates.

Part of Drexel's Office of University and Community Partnerships, the Beachell Family Learning Center offers adult education, workforce access programming, and career supports for West Philadelphia residents with a focus on recruiting university neighbors into full time benefits-eligible positions in the university.


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

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

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

The Student Center for Inclusion and Culture (SCIC) supports Drexel University’s commitment to being a Welcoming, Inclusive, Respectful, Engaging and Diversity-Minded Community. SCIC educate students on issues of social justice and identity. SCIC provide resources that foster awareness. SCIC empower students with knowledge, tools and experiences that promote global citizenship. SCIC advocate for our diverse students including but not limited to those whom identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) and ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American) students.

Drexel also has several colleague resource groups including Bienvenidos Hispanic/Latino Faculty & Professional Staff Association, Black Faculty & Professional Staff Association, LGBTQA+ Faculty & Professional Staff Network, Veterans, and Women's Financial Literacy & Learning.


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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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