Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.32
Liaison Ken Lindeman
Submission Date April 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Institute of Technology
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Ken Lindeman
Professor, Sustainability Studies
Ocean Engineering & Marine Sciences
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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://www.fit.edu/about/non-discrimination-and-accessibility/
The statement: "Florida Institute of Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, veteran status or retirement status in its activities and programs. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Florida Tech does not discriminate on the basis of sex. Inquiries concerning the application of the non-discrimination policy may be directed to the University Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator at 150 West University Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901, or at titleixcoordinator@fit.edu, or +1 321.674.8885; or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights."

https://www.fit.edu/title-ix/sexualgender-discrimination/

Florida Institute of Technology may not, on the basis of sex:

1. Treat one student differently from another in determining whether the student satisfies any requirement or condition for the provision of any aid, benefit, or service;
2. Provide different aid, benefits, or services or provide aid, benefits, or services in a different manner;
3. Deny any student any such aid, benefit, or service;
4. Subject students to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions, or other treatment;
5. Aid or perpetuate discrimination against a student by providing significant assistance to any agency, organization, or person that discriminates on the basis of sex in providing any aid, benefit, or service to students; [and
6. Otherwise limit any student in the enjoyment of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity.


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:

Florida Tech maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment and harassment based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other protected category. All such harassment is prohibited. Any incidents must be reported to the Human Resources Department. The anti-harassment policy applies to all persons involved in the university and prohibits harassment at work by anyone, including university supervisors, co-workers, visitors or vendors.


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

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

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:
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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:

Over 20 campus organizations geared to underrepresented groups include:
• Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Florida Tech Student Chapter (SHPE): is dedicated to engineering students in the professional world as well as provide a culturally diverse environment where Hispanic culture is promoted.
• National Society of Black Engineers Florida Institute of Technology Chapter: To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
• Spectrum (FITSPEC): LGBT+ Students with additional support from allies, so members can have a positive experience at Florida Tech.
• Society of Women Engineers (SWE): supports women in engineering and promotes general awareness and enthusiasm about engineering.
Student-run organizations:
• African Student Association (ASA)
• Korean Student Association (KSA)
• Caribbean Student Association (CSA)
• Global Buddies
• InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
• Brazil Student Association
• Catholic Campus Ministries
• Chinese students and Scholars Association
• International Student Service Organization
• Indian Student Association (ISA-Sankriti)
• Latin American Student Association (LASA)
• Omani Student Association
• Saudi Students Union
• Sri Lankan Student Association
• Taiwanese Student Association
• Women in Aviation
• Black Student Union

The Academic Support Center is open for all students for tutoring needs.

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) supports the university’s mission of student success by promoting the best possible academic, vocational, and emotional health for Florida Tech students.

Active Minds is the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students and to help remove the stigma associated with mental illness.

ISSS (International Student and Scholar Services) provide support for international students and scholars to enable them to achieve their educational goals and objectives. The university encourages international and U.S. students to learn from one another, and play a role to expand the university's appreciation for cultural diversity.

There are various locations on campus for prayer. There is a chapel (Christianity) on the premises, a small chapel/prayer room at Mary Star (Resident Hall) and a prayer room in the Crawford Building (Islam).

Diversity Committee
The School of Psychology is committed to providing our students and faculty with an educational environment that promotes respect and appreciation for the tremendous diversity found in our world. As such, the School of Psychology sponsors the Diversity Committee -- an active committee composed of faculty and students devoted to fostering a climate of appreciation and respect for human equality for all individuals regardless of race, color, disability, national origin, religion, age, sex, and sexual orientation. The committee works to promote diversity awareness and provide diversity-related information and programs to students within the School of Psychology and throughout the campus.
http://diversity.fit.edu/

Military and Veterans Resources provides the best possible service to students eligible for Veterans Education Benefits. We serve as a liaison between the veteran and the VA Regional Processing Office. There is also the Center for Combat Veteran Resilience that is organized into four components to include the following: Consultation, Education and Training, Applied Research and Clinical Services. The Combat Veterans Advanced Practicum Team offers counseling and psychological services to veterans and their families following deployment.

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is designated to register and assist any student with a “qualified” learning, physical, and/or psychological disability.

Also the College of Business, features some projects, such as ‘Did You Know’, that shares different bits of information about various students’ culture in the form of videos and posters.

The following are offered for Faculty and Staff:

Diversity Committee
The School of Psychology is committed to providing our students and faculty with an educational environment that promotes respect and appreciation for the tremendous diversity found in our world. As such, the School of Psychology sponsors the Diversity Committee -- an active committee composed of faculty and students devoted to fostering a climate of appreciation and respect for human equality for all individuals regardless of race, color, disability, national origin, religion, age, sex, and sexual orientation. The committee works to promote diversity awareness and provide diversity-related information and programs to students within the School of Psychology and throughout the campus.
http://diversity.fit.edu/

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Worklife Services for ICUBA
Counseling and Relationship Support
_Unlimited, toll‐free telephonic access to EAP dedicated staff, 24 hours per day
_Telephonic access to licensed behavioral health professionals
_Support, consultation and resources for stress, family relationship issues, anger management, substance abuse, and helping you balance work and home life
_Direct access to a full range of Web‐based tools and resources, such as easy‐to‐find information, self‐assessments and more, on a variety of relevant topics
_6 face to face counseling sessions per issue per year, with licensed network professionals, at no cost to you; i.e., no co-pays or deductibles

Affirmative Action Policy Statement
As part of the university's commitment to this overall process, it will seek to ensure that all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, job assignment, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, promotion, transfer, layoff and termination processes remain free of illegal discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin, genetic information, disability (as defined under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) or protected veteran status (as defined under Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974). Florida Institute of Technology ensures that all employment decisions are based only on valid job requirements. Regular review helps to ensure compliance with this policy.


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?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information from Mar 2017 to Mar 2020. All data sourced from the Human Resources Department, The Diversity Committee, and The Office of Residence Life.
http://www.fit.edu/title-ix/
http://www.fit.edu/executivevp/documents/doc_mgr/1335/Strategic%20Plan%20Annual%20Report%202015.pdf

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