Board of Trustees to consider policy changes

Trustees to mull adding “sexual orientation and gender identity” to two non-discrimination policies

The Board of Trustees will consider changes to five policies at the March meeting, two of which related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

The first two policy changes were brought to the Board’s attention from all three State College Student Senates.

Policy 2700 currently states, “The Nebraska State Colleges are equal opportunity institutions and do not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or age in employment and education opportunities, including but not limited to admission decisions. Each College has designated an individual to coordinate the College’s nondiscrimination efforts to comply with regulations implementing Title VI, VII, IX, and Section 504.”

Policy 5000 currently states, “The Nebraska State Colleges are equal opportunity institutions and do not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or age in employment and education opportunities, including but not limited to admission decisions. Each College has designated an individual to coordinate the Colleges’ non-discrimination efforts to comply with regulations implementing Title VI, VII, IX, and Section 504….Recruitment, selection, employment, transfer, promotion, demotion, training and pay of all employees shall be without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, or disability.”

The proposed changes would add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the policies. The same changes are being proposed to Policies 3020 and 5007.

Policy 3020 currently states under the sex harassment headline, “Gender harassment may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.”

Policy 5007 currently states, “In particular, an atmosphere of tension created by unlawful harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, marital-status, national origin, and any other categories protected by relevant federal, state, or local law do not belong in the workplace.”

The Board will consider additions to Policy 5014. The additions will focus on faculty members accepting appointments to an Academic Dean position.

Tenured faculty can take a position of Academic Dean for a term of four years without losing tenure or academic rank.

After the four years, “tenure and rank shall be relinquished, and the right to return to a faculty position shall terminate.”

Nontenured faculty and those who are hired from outside the college can take an Academic Dean position but they will not have rank, tenure, or “…the right to a future position in the faculty…”

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