Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 31.92
Liaison Tom Kovacs
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Michigan University
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Thomas Kovacs
Professor
Geography and Geology
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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:

a. Eastern Michigan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status of other non-merit reason, in admissions, education programs or activities and employment and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

This statement is publicly available at https://www.emich.edu/nondiscrimination/index.php


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:

The Office of Ombuds serves as a resource for students regarding any complaint, grievance or appeal that may be academic or non-academic in nature. When working with our office, you will receive timely, objective and strategic information in a confidential manner to assist with the interpretation of policies and procedures. The role of the Ombuds is to ensure adherence to EMU policy, confirm due process as it relates to institutional protocol, assist with resolution and prevention of both academic and non-academic concerns, and to make appropriate data based recommendations to the Office of the Provost. The Ombuds works directly with students, faculty, and staff, providing consultation related to university policies and procedures. It has established itself as an objective, non-biased operation that continues to work towards developing a fair and equitable university community.

Eastern Michigan University allows for any members of the University Community, or an individual not affiliated with Eastern Michigan University, may submit a report of an alleged violation of the Code of Community Responsibility. All reports of student misconduct must be submitted, in writing, to the Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility. Reports can also be written electronically at EMU's Public Incident Report. Actions may be imposed after a student is found responsible for a violation of the Code of Community Responsibility. An administrative action is generally combined with a restorative action in order to promote corrective behavior. The actions are determined by the community responsibility administrator, or the hearing board assigned to the case, and take into account the impact of the violation on the community, prior incidents and implemented actions. Actions issued may include, but are not limited to:
Administrative Actions
1. Formal reprimand
2. Disciplinary Probation
3. Suspension
4. Deferred Suspension
5. Permanent Dismissal
6. Delay and/or Denial of Degree Award
7. Revocation of Degree
Restorative Actions
1. Restitution
2. Fines
3. Community Service
4. Educational Activities
5. Restrictions
Administrative Actions for Student Organizations
1. Formal Reprimand
2. Disciplinary Probation
3. Suspension
4. Deferred Suspension
5. Permanent Termination of University Status


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?:
Yes

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

We have programs like Brotherhood/Sisterhood and TRIO Upward Bound that assist students of color and underrepresented groups succeed while in school. Brotherhood/Sisterhood have scholarships related to the program to help interested students pay for these programs. EMU Upward Bound works collaboratively with Ypsilanti Community High School during the school year and provides a month-long residential camp during the summer for its students that includes workshops, college trips and college coursework.

For academic and non-academic staff, the Affirmative Action Plan provides the following action-oriented recommendations during the recruiting process:
o Recruitment and outreach efforts in partnership with organizations that support veterans
and individuals with disabilities;
o Recruitment and outreach efforts in partnership with organizations that support minorities
and women with a particular focus on the job groups with placement goals.
• Incorporate diversity touchpoints throughout the recruitment process to ensure pools contain a
diverse pool of qualified applicants.
• Development and deployment of internal training efforts to eliminate unconscious bias and
encourage practices which support the attraction and recruitment of candidates from underutilized
groups.
• Dissemination of affirmative action data to key leaders and search committees in order to affectively
recruit to those job groups and divisions where placement goals exist.


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?:
Yes

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

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

These programs are available to all students and staff:
a. The Center of Race and Ethnicity (https://www.emich.edu/dci/core/index.php)
b. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center (https://www.emich.edu/dci/lgbtrc/index.php)
c. Diversity and Community Involvement (https://www.emich.edu/dci/index.php) The website mentions only students, but programs under DCI support all staff too.
d. Volunteers Incorporating Service into Our Neighborhoods (VISION) (https://www.emich.edu/dci/vision/index.php)
e. Women’s Resource Center (WRC) (https://www.emich.edu/dci/wcen/index.php)
f. College Supports Program (CSP) https://www.emich.edu/collegesupportsprogram/index.php
For students specifically:
f. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (https://www.emich.edu/caps/)


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was begun in 1989 to offer support services to high-achieving students on their quest to attain the doctoral degree. Eastern Michigan University is one in a highly elite group of institutions, selected by the Department of Education, to host a McNair Program. As such, EMU McNair Scholars figure among the students in our nation with the greatest potential to become leaders in their academic disciplines.


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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The map of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus can be found at the university map:
https://www.emich.edu/map/ The affirmative Action Plans can be found at https://www.emich.edu/hr/working/diversity/reports.php

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