|Submission Date||June 12, 2016|
Frostburg State University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
Asst. VP for Educ, Svcs & Req.
Student & Educational Services
Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support underrepresented groups on campus?:
A brief description of the programs sponsored by the institution to support underrepresented groups:
One program which is part of the PASS (Programs Advancing Student Success) office, is the TRIO Student Support Services program. That federally-funded grant program works solely with low-income, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. The program is funded to serve 275 FSU students each academic year. The main goal of the program is to assist these students as they work toward graduating with a bachelor’s degree.
In the PASS office, one of our primary responsibilities is providing placement testing for incoming freshmen each year as well as transfer students who are not transferring in a math or writing class. Those students who score below the University’s established criteria are placed in one of two levels of developmental math courses and in particular English (Freshman Composition) classes where they can receive additional assistance to improve their skills and help them be successful in college level math and writing courses. Providing these courses helps provide access and educational opportunity to those students who have been inadequately prepared for college studies.
Another important program in the PASS area is our Disability Support Services office, which provides access and accommodations for those students who come to us with documented disabilities. Providing accommodations and advocating for students with learning, psychological, and physical disabilities affords those students with the same educational opportunity enjoyed by their non-disabled peers and widens the range of diversity in the student population.
The website URL where more information about the support programs for underrepresented groups is available:
Does the institution have a discrimination response policy and/or team (or the equivalent) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team:
Hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents are violations of the University Student Code of Conduct as well as violations of law. Any such crimes that are reported to the University are handled by several offices of the University. Initial reports are handled by University Police, who conduct an investigation to determine if the incident is a hate crime or bias-motivated incident. If there is a victim involved, the determination of whether a hate crime has occurred is determined by the victim. If there is no victim, University Police will make the determination.
When a perpetrator can be identified, University Police can charge the individual(s) criminally as well as refer them through the University Judicial System. Student cases that are reported to the Judicial Board for violations of University policy are reviewed. If students are found responsible, sanctions can include disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.
At end of each month, University Police complete the hate crime report form and submit it as partof the Uniform Crime Report (UCR). At the end of each year, hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents are reported as required by the Clery Act and the Campus Crime Statistics Act (CCSA).
The website URL where more information about the institution’s discrimination response policy, program and/or team is available:
Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender neutral bathrooms on campus?:
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