Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.44
Liaison Rania Assariotaki
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

The American College of Greece
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.83 / 3.00 Ourania Assariotaki
Sustainability Manager
Office of Public Affairs
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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:

Deree - The American College of Greece, a non-profit institution, admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin and does not discriminate in its programs.

http://www.acg.edu/

Policy of Equal Opportunities
The College is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, colour, race, nationality, ethnicity, faith, disability, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation. The College strives to maximize valuable talent and potential, and eliminate unconscious bias, prejudice and stereotyping in the workplace.
Job applicants are assessed according to criteria such as suitable qualifications for the positions(s) available, experience, personal skills, ability, potential, and performance in interviews and on employment tests, and receive impartial treatment regardless of age, gender, color, race, nationality, ethnicity, faith, disability, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.
http://www.acg.edu/careers-acg/


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:

As per the ACG Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking Policy (see attached)
Our Bias response team is an on-campus community-based team trained to provide immediate and confidential response in cases of a sexual assault incident. SART directs victims to campus and external resources, helps navigate and activate the reporting process and access specialized counseling and healthcare professionals.
SART meets regularly and ad hoc, on occasion of reported prohibited conduct, to
coordinate institutional response; support the victim; and maintain victim-centered and offender-focused approach to case review.
It is composed of:
(a) Dean of Students
(b)Human Resources representative
(c) Campus Security representative
(d)ACG Health & Wellness Center representatives, incl. a College Nurse
(e) ACG Counseling Center representative
(f) ACG International Student Services representative (when victim or
alleged perpetrator are study abroad/international students)
(g) ACG Residence Life representative, incl. an RA (when victim or
alleged perpetrator are student residents)
(h)Registrar | Dean, Academic Administration
It meets annually to develop and revise operating guidelines and propose
amendments to the Policy, where needed, in view of best practices in Sexual Assault Response.
It meets on occasion of and in the aftermath of an incident of sexual assault to
coordinate and evaluate, respectively, College response.
Its members are trained to offer emotional support to victims who have experienced sexual or gender-based harassment and others in their immediate environment. They can propose on-campus interim measures to the Dean of Students or the Vice President of Administration and Human Resources.
The attached policy contains in detail the report and response protocol and measures for all categories separately.
Educational Psychologist
The Educational Psychologist at Deree – The American College of Greece helps undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing challenges within the educational setting by assessing and evaluating learning difficulties to determine remediation that will assist in alleviating these problems and enhancing their learning. The Educational Psychologist also offers psycho-educational intervention, coordination, and referral to other professionals. All services are provided confidentially and free of any charge.

Educational Psychologist
We encourage students to consult the Educational Psychologist about any educational matter, learning difficulties and any type of disability that may concern them.


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:

Since its founding in 1875, The American College of Greece (ACG) has provided assistance to students needing help in meeting their educational expenses, thereby enabling students with demonstrated ability and promise to access a quality education, regardless of their financial circumstances. Financing a college education can be a daunting prospect. The College is committed to aiding students and their families in learning about the resources available through the College’s financial aid programs and to assisting students and their families in finding ways to meet their educational expenses.
The Financial Assistance Program at ACG provides various levels of financial assistance based on need and/or academic achievement. The governing philosophy of our program is grounded in our belief that lack of funds should never prevent academically talented students from receiving a quality education. Funding for financial assistance originates from the College’s own resources and from the generous contributions of donors.
https://www.acg.edu/current-students/financial-assistance/

ACG participates in “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” An academic scholarship program for young refugees in Greece


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:

The following programs apply also to Academic & Non-Academic staff:
ACG is committed to ongoing training, prevention and awareness-raising to disseminate the Policy to students (orientations, study abroad pre-departure orientation sessions, cocurricular programming, online materials, newsletters, on-campus campaigning incl. information posters, graphics, stickers and Facebook ads), faculty and staff. Indicative training and awareness-raising topics for ACG Employees include: neurobiology of trauma; strategies/role plays to respond to victims in crisis; working with survivors from marginalized and/or multicultural populations; self-care for notification personnel; collaboration between College and Prosecutor on cold cases; victim advocacy and support services; victim notification procedures; explaining forensic science in layman’s terms; intersection of the Policy with other ACG Policies and Procedures; special SANE training for College Nurses.
ACG is committed to training and development of students and staff in relation to
equality and diversity: indicative examples include the 2018-19 Cultural Diversity Trainings addressed to all faculty and staff, the College-wide Diversity and Inclusion campaign in Spring 2019, the 2019-20 Non-Discrimination policy trainings for faculty and staff (ongoing), and a series of Meaningful Engagement programs and trips led by Student Affairs and addressing students focused on equality and diversity topics and employing experiential learning methods.

In addition to the above, you can find below certain programs addressed to students.

LBGTQ+
The LGBTQ+ and Awareness Club has created and fostered an environment conducive to supporting LGBTQ+ students, encouraging personal growth and outreach, as well as exploration of one's identity, among the campus community. The club aims to raise awareness of both local and global LGBT issues, as well as support expression, communication and constructive dialogue of LGBT issues within and beyond the campus community.

is an on-campus community-based team trained to provide immediate and
confidential response in cases of a sexual assault incident. SART directs victims to campus
and external resources, helps navigate and activate the reporting process and access
specialized counseling and healthcare professionals.
SART meets regularly and ad hoc, on occasion of reported prohibited conduct, to
coordinate institutional response; support the victim; and maintain victim-centered and
offender-focused approach to case review.
SART is composed of:
(a) Dean of Students
(b)Human Resources representative
(c) Campus Security representative
(d)ACG Health & Wellness Center representatives, incl. a College Nurse
(e) ACG Counseling Center representative
(f) ACG International Student Services representative (when victim or
alleged perpetrator are study abroad/international students)
(g) ACG Residence Life representative, incl. an RA (when victim or
alleged perpetrator are student residents)
(h)Registrar | Dean, Academic Administration
ACG’s SART meets annually to develop and revise operating guidelines and propose
amendments to the Policy, where needed, in view of best practices in Sexual Assault
Response.
ACG’s SART meets on occasion of and in the aftermath of an incident of sexual assault to
coordinate and evaluate, respectively, College response.
SART members are trained to offer emotional support to victims who have experienced
sexual or gender-based harassment and others in their immediate environment. SART
members can propose on-campus interim measures to the Dean of Students or the Vice
President of Administration and Human Resources.

Cultures & Languages Club

The Cultures and Languages Club at ACG organizes events on campus related to foreign cultures and languages, increases awareness of events taking place in Athens related to foreign cultures and languages and encourages students from various countries to meet and communicate.
https://www.acg.edu/current-students/student-services/
https://www.acg.edu/current-students/student-services/student-life/getting-involved/student-clubs/
https://www.acg.edu/current-students/student-services/student-life/getting-involved/student-organizations/


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:

ACG Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking Policy (see attached)

The policy in reference provides a single, easily accessible, user-friendly document for students, faculty, staff, and others affected by sexual violence/misconduct to identify institutional rules, the rights of
students and employees, and expectations of the College and ACG community members, particularly faculty, administrators, staff and those in inherently unequal positions on campus,
Is driven by campus leadership and vetted by key campus stakeholders – the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Human Resources, the ACG Counseling Center, Campus Security, Residence Complex staff, students and student groups such as the LGBTQ+ Awareness Club – and external Greek and comparative law experts and local police authorities, who evaluate and provide feedback towards greater clarity, quality and effectiveness,
Takes into account the perspective of students, particularly students who have been affected by sexual misconduct, and is made available through appropriate dissemination and training to all community members, including persons with disabilities and individuals who are not proficient in the English language,
Incorporates standards set by Greek and E.U. law and policy and U.S. federal laws, and complements relevant ACG Policies, Protocols and Codes of Conduct, where applicable, thereby intra-coordinating College by-laws to ensure efficient response,
Provides the basis of the College-wide plan for implementation and dissemination of the Policy to the ACG Community and for mandatory training in the English and Greek language (see Appendix A), including bystander intervention strategies involving userfriendly materials and ongoing awareness-raising campaigns.

The American College of Greece is dedicated to adding distinctive and sustainable value to the lives of students and to maintaining a campus ethos of mutual respect, care and responsible action.
The ACG Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship
Violence and Stalking Policy [the Policy] is grounded in the ACG Community’s respect for diversity and commitment to inclusion and guarantees that each community member is treated fairly and with respect within an educational environment free of discrimination, sexual misconduct, including sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and relationship/dating violence, stalking, intimidation and retaliation
against whistleblowers (see ACG Whistleblower Policy) who in good faith report
prohibited conduct under the Policy. All prohibited conduct under the Policy is also proscribed by law and will not be tolerated.

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