Civil Rights Compliance

Civil Rights Compliance

Villa Maria College Civil Rights Grievance Procedure

Villa Maria College is committed to providing learning and working environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination. The Civil Rights Grievance Procedure is the method by which Villa Maria College handles the resolution of grievances related to civil rights discrimination pertaining to any member of the college community, including: students, employees, volunteers, and third-party contractors.  Specifically, this procedure will be used to resolve any issue dealing with or concerning civil rights discrimination.  The following policy and procedure contains specific guidance concerning Title IX Policy: Discrimination on the Basis of Sex & Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

Please select this link to open a PDF copy of the Villa Maria College Civil Rights Grievance Procedure: VMC Civil Rights Grievance Procedure

 

Villa Maria College Title IX Statement on Non-Discrimination

Villa Maria College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, sex, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, marital status, veteran status, military status, predisposed genetic carrier status and any other characteristics or protected status recognized by applicable federal, state or local law.  This policy applies to admissions, all terms and conditions of employment, and any other aspect regarding the conduct of College programs and activities.

The following people have been designated Civil Rights Compliance Officers to handle inquiries and grievances regarding the non-discrimination policy:

Brian Emerson, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Services, Civil Rights Compliance Officer: Title IX Coordinator & Disability Compliance Officer
Villa Maria College
240 Pine Ridge Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14225
Office Location: Felician Hall, room 119
Phone: 716-961-1838
E-mail: bemerson@Villa.edu

You may also contact:

Jo-Ann Formoso, Director of HR and Civil Rights Compliance Officer: Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Villa Maria College
240 Pine Ridge Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14225
Office Location: Human Resources office – Main Building, first floor
Phone: 716-961-2864
E-mail: Formosoj@Villa.edu

 

All students have the right to:

  • Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
  • Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and./or criminal justice process free from pressure from the institution;
  • Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
  • Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
  • Describe the incident to as few institutional representatives as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.
  • Be free from retaliation by the institution, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;
  • Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
  • Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process;
  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the College.

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