Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.85
Liaison Patrice Langevin
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2015
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Pitzer College
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Warren Biggins
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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:

Academic Support Services
Academic Support Services assist physical and learning disabled students with accommodations to help develop and enhance their student life skills as well as their academic needs.

Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS)
CAPAS seeks to enrich and develop social, intellectual and personal growth in our students by providing Asian American resources as well as a welcoming, supportive environment. The Center serves as an advocate for the Asian and Pacific Islander community and promotes an educational dialogue that embraces the unique experiences of ethnic communities, the cultural fabric of our institution.

Queer Resource Center
The Queer Resource Center is a 7 College resource center serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, omnisexual, pansexual and allied communities at the Claremont Colleges.

Black Students Affairs
Black Student Affairs (OBSA) supports and enhances the well-being of undergraduate and graduate students of African descent earning degrees at The Claremont Colleges. OBSA collaborates with faculty, staff, and alumni of the Claremont consortium of colleges to ensure comprehensive consideration and creation of services that complement our students’ stellar education with culturally significant scholarship, programming, and events.

Chicano Latino Student Affairs
Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA) provides support programs and services that enhance the academic success and personal development of Chicano/Latino students at the Claremont Colleges. CLSA offers academic support, personal guidance, cultural development and leadership opportunities designed to promote social awareness.

International Place (I-Place)
I-Place is the international student office of The Claremont Colleges, serving all seven of The Colleges as a center for cultural exchange and international educational programming, as well as a resource center for international students and scholars.

Admissions' Diversity Program
The Diversity Program is an all-inclusive, all-expense-paid program for which round-trip transportation (air, train, bus, gas/mileage reimbursement) will be covered. Attendees will be hosted by current students in the residence halls and will dine on campus throughout the three-day weekend. This program is designed specifically for high school seniors from underrepresented racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds from across the United States.

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:

Pitzer College seeks to maintain an environment of mutual respect among all members of its community.  All forms of harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, religion, creed, color, race, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, medical condition, physical or mental disability,
age, marital status, veteran status, family care leave status, or any other basis described in this Document or otherwise prohibited by state or federal law destroy the foundation for such respect and violate the sense of community vital to the College’s educational enterprise.    Sexual misconduct offenses are a form of sexual
harassment and are strictly prohibited by the College. Retaliation against a person who reports, complains about, or participates in the investigation of a complaint of discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual misconduct is likewise prohibited.

This policy strictly prohibits discrimination against, or the harassment of, any individual at the College or at College activities occurring away from campus, including but not limited to all individuals regularly or temporarily employed, studying, or with an official capacity at Pitzer College (such as Trustees, guest lecturers, volunteers, and contractors).  
Persons violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge from employment or expulsion from the College.  It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff and students at the College to ensure compliance with this policy.   Accordingly, faculty, staff or students who believe they are being harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against, have observed harassment of, discrimination, or retaliation against, another person at the College in violation of this policy, or believe such conduct has occurred, should immediately report the incident following the complaint reporting procedures below.  

Because harassment, discrimination, and retaliation can also constitute violations of federal and state law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and/or the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) Section 12940, et seq. of the California Government Code), individuals who feel that they have been subjected to harassment or discrimination may, in addition to notifying the College by using the complaint reporting procedures below, file a complaint with the appropriate state or federal agencies.  Such complaints may be filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) or the comparable federal agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).    Complaints may also be filed with the federal government’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”).

The faculty and other academic appointees, staff, and students of Pitzer College enjoy significant free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, Section I of the California Constitution. This policy is intended to protect members of the College community from discrimination, not to regulate protected speech. This policy shall be implemented in a manner that recognizes the importance of rights to freedom of speech and expression. The College also has a compelling interest in unfettered inquiry, the collective search for knowledge, and insuring that faculty base their decisions about teaching, both inside and beyond the classroom, on their knowledge and best professional judgment.  The College thus affirms, and indeed embraces, principles of academic freedom as a special area of protected speech.  Consistent with these principles, no provision of this policy shall be interpreted to prohibit conduct that is legitimately related to the course content,
teaching methods, scholarship, or public commentary of an individual faculty member, or of the educational, political, artistic, or literary expression of students in classrooms and public forums.    Freedom of speech and academic freedom do not protect conduct (inclusive of speech) that violates federal or state anti‐discrimination laws.  

In addition, consistent with California Education Code Section 94367, the definition of harassment contained in this policy and its application to student speech shall be subject to the limitations of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 2 of the California Constitution.

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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