Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 31.69
Liaison Sally Hopley
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

Metropolitan Community College
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.58 / 3.00 Sally Hopley
Coordinator of Sustainable Practices
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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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.mccneb.edu/Current-Students/Resources/Student-Services-SOS/Nondiscrimination-Accessibility-Notice.aspx

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Statement

Metropolitan Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, age, pregnancy, disability, current or prior military service, protected veteran status or membership in any other class that is protected under local, state or federal law or regulation in admission or access to its programs and activities or in its treatment or hiring of employees. The College complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of l975 and related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, and all amendments to the above.


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
No

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

MCC employs a Student Grievance Procedure for Alleged Discrimination. This was last updated on 2-10-2017. The purpose of this document is to establish procedures and responsibilities respecting grievances of prospective, present, and former MCC students alleging discrimination on the part of the College or in the course of the College’s programs or activities.

The student who believes he or she has been subjected to unlawful discrimination should report the matter to the Dean of Student Advocacy and Accountability using the Studnet Grievance Alleging Discrimination form. If the grievance includes this Dean, the grievant may notify the Associate VP of Human Resources, who in turn will notify the Dean. The Dean is responsible for taking immediate and appropriate investigative and corrective action. Exact procedure is available in the College PM: https://www.mccneb.edu/getattachment/Current-Students/Current-Students-Resources/Equity-and-Diversity/Policy-and-Procedures/V-3-Grievance-Procedures-Students-(1).pdf.aspx?lang=en-US

Additionally, MCC has a policy Prohibiting Harassment of Students. This policy forbids the harassment of students. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, racial harassment, religious harassment, and harassment based on or because of a person’s age, national origin, marital status, ethnicity, disability, or sexual preference.

The purpose is to prohibit harassment of students and to establish procedures for making, investigating, and acting upon complaints and reports of harassment.


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?:
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:

The Office of Equity and Diversity in conjunction with Human Resources has developed a list of Historically Black Universities and largely Hispanic-Serving Institutions (4-year) with Graduate programs that MCC specifically sends all Faculty postings to as to reach a wider audience for those that may qualify for our faculty positions.

In addition, we always have a woman and a person of color on every job search committee.


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:

MCC has made every effort to establish an open and supportive learning environment for all students regardless of a person’s age, national origin, marital status, ethnicity, disability, or sexual preference. To this end, MCC offers programs that support students of underrepresented groups.

MCC is proud to support Veterans. MCC has a Military/Veterans Services Office to assist active-duty, reserve and guard service members; veterans; spouses; and qualified dependent students, enabling them to succeed in their educational and career goals.
To achieve this, Military/Veterans Services provides timely, specific, and authoritative guidance regarding educational benefits and support services tailored to meet individual needs while empowering students during new ventures in their lives.

https://www.mccneb.edu/mvs/

TRIO - TRIO is Educational Opportunity for Low-Income and First-Generation college students. TRIO Student Support Services program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward successful completion of their educational goals. The goal of SSS is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transfer to a four-year institution. In addition, through TRIO MCC also offers Single Parent/Homemaker Services in which they assist to facilitate student learning, self-sufficiency, and personal and career development that includes an implementation of education plans, which are compatible with the life and career goals of our students.

https://www.mccneb.edu/trio/

Heartland CAMP - provides intensive academic, social, and financial supports to help students from migrant farm-work backgrounds successfully complete their first year of college and continue in post-secondary education. Heartland CAMP serves students across three states and four colleges. Students at MCC receive advisement, a support group, a surface laptop for a loan, a stipend, and at the end of their first year, they are permitted to keep a laptop if they have a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

Disability Support Services - MCC has been serving students with disabilities since the late 1970s. We currently serve the largest number of students with disabilities of all the post-secondary schools in Nebraska.

Students with disabilities who meet the academic and technical standards for participation are eligible to request accommodations to achieve equal access. Qualified students are accommodated when they disclose their disabilities and request accommodations. The Disability Support Services Staff at MCC is committed to providing access for students with disabilities.

All Metropolitan Community College activities, organizations, courses, and academic and technical programs are open to all students. College facilities are, as a whole, accessible to persons with physical disabilities via ramps, automatic entrances, and elevators. Accessible restroom facilities, parking spaces, telephones, and water fountains are also available.

During 2020-2021, there were two sessions as a part of the Equity and Inclusion training series on supporting students, staff, and faculty of color, which had high participation rates.


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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https://www.mccneb.edu/procedures/pdf/V-3_Grievance_Procedures_Students.pdf
https://mccneb.edu/procedures/pdf/V-2_Prohibiting_Harassment_of_Students.pdf

Information provided in June 2021 by Associate Vice President of Equity and Diversity.

This institution does not have on-campus housing.

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