|Submission Date||Feb. 16, 2016|
Western Colorado University
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups
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:
WSCU's Multicultural Center celebrates the diversity of people in and around the Gunnison community and helps Western students develop academically, culturally, and personally. The Multicultural Center advises four organizations: Amigos, Asian Pacific Islanders, the Black Student Alliance, and Native American Student Council. These groups commit to community service and offer cultural events which allows for the chance to develop communication skills and brings together a sense of community support.
Further, there is also a Veterans group on campus that is undergoing a remodeling to provide greater support for students, faculty, staff, and community members.
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:
The institution has an anti-discrimination policy that applies to all members of the campus community. Western does not tolerate discrimination based on any protected status. There is a detailed procedure for handling discrimination complaints that includes protection for the complaining party, penalties for retaliation, informal and formal resolution processes, impartial investigation and disciplinary penalties up to expulsion or termination of employment. There are separate, specific policies for Title IX, Sexual Misconduct, complaints and resolution. We have a highly trained Title IX Administrator, strong communication for the topic, training programs for all campus constituents, clear instructions for how to complain, trained investigators, internal and external support resources for complainants, thorough and effective processes for resolution, including penalties for misconduct that include expulsion and termination of employment.
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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