Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.04
Liaison Prabhakar Shrestha
Submission Date Jan. 13, 2023

STARS v2.2

New Jersey Institute of Technology
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 3.00 Prabhakar Shrestha
Director of Sustainability
Office of 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:
New Jersey Institute of Technology reaffirms its commitment to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, ethnic origin, handicap or veterans' status in its employment policies, educational programs and activities under university control.

Assuring a climate of equal opportunity is the direct responsibility of all levels of management. Administrative and supervisory personnel are required to comply with applicable government regulations and the affirmative action goals of the university. Among these are Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 (Affirmative action); the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Sex Discrimination); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act (Non-discrimination on the Basis of Handicap); The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, Title 10, Chapter 5, 10:5-1 to 10:5-28, NJ Revised Statutes, as amended; and the New Jersey Governor's Code of Fair Practices, Executive Order No. 21 (1965), as amended and Executive Order No. 39 (1991), "Prohibition in State Government of Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation."

Any reported act of discriminatory behavior will be investigated through the Office of the Dean of Student Services, the Office of Compliance and Community Relations, or Office of General Counsel and Employment Policy Relations.

https://www.njit.edu/diversityprograms/nondiscrimination#:~:text=New%20Jersey%20Institute%20of%20Technology,and%20activities%20under%20university%20control.

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:
Please see our policy against bias, discrimination, and hate crimes below.

Once a complaint is filed the Office of the Dean of Students is institutionally designated to act on it right away. The office will work with students to ensure they understand there are options for resolution (formal or informal), are provided with supportive measures such as counseling services, housing accommodations (if available), and No-contact Directives, and their right to file a criminal complaint with NJIT Police.

The following are a variety of policies in which these incidents might fall under including the Code of Student Conduct and Title IX.

i) Code of Student Conduct: https://www.njit.edu/dos/sites/njit.edu.dos/files/2022%20Code%20of%20Student%20Conduct%20.pdf

ii) NJIT Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy:
https://www.njit.edu/titleix/sites/njit.edu.titleix/files/Title%20IX%20Sexual%20Harassment%20Policy%209-28-22%20no%20signature.pdf

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?:
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:
Student: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is among the earliest higher education institutions in the State to recruit and provide financial assistance to needy students who are residents of this State. NJIT established the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a program for New Jersey students who are educationally and economically challenged and who are greatly underrepresented in science, technology and engineering. Pre-College Programs at NJIT like the NJIT/Newark Math Success Initiative (MSI) works with EOP to increase the enrollment of Newark high school graduates at NJIT by providing direct mathematics instruction and support to rising 12th graders. Oncoming students of NJIT who are a part of the EPO program have access to features such as-

- Intensive Pre-freshman Summer Academic Enrichment Program to prepare students for success in their first semester of college ​
- Winter Intersession to prepare students for success in their second semester
- Counseling and academic advisement throughout students' academic careers
- Undergraduate Research Experience opportunities which enable undergraduate students to work with faculty on research projects as preparation for graduate school
- University Learning Center (ULC) provides tutoring and academic support throughout the students' academic tenure at NJIT.
- Access to job and internship opportunities via the Career Development Services office and Academic departments.

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:
NJIT, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) offers academic support and career and personal counseling, to first time full time freshmen, and transfer students. The EOP staff is committed to providing services to students who are ready to accept the challenges of a rigorous college experience, and committed to the hard work and discipline necessary to overcome economic distress and gaps in previous academic preparation.

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?:
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Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
1) http://www.njit.edu/diversityprograms/university-non-discrimination-policy/

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