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CWUP 2-35-030 Nondiscrimination Policies and Programs Pertaining to Students

This policy is required by title VI of the civil rights act of 1964, title IX of the educational amendments of 1972, section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973, the American with disabilities act of 1990, chapter 49.60.030 RCW (freedom from discrimination--declaration of civil rights) and chapter 49.60.222 RCW (unfair practices with respect to real estate transactions, facilities, or services).

The recruitment practices of the university must be conducted so that all groups of potential students will be reached without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, disability or status as a protected veteran. As there are schools in the area served by Central which have a large number of students belonging to minority groups, it must be ensured that a comparable effort is made to recruit these minority students. This includes the utilization of minority group members as recruiters, since they will serve as role models and indicate that the university does not discriminate in employment or programs on the basis of race. Recruitment facilities, on the whole, will be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Student admissions and enrollment policies must be free of discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, disability or status as a protected veteran. Insofar as potential enrollees are educationally disadvantaged or disabled, the university is encouraged to evaluate the normal standards of admission to determine whether they accurately measure the ability of these students to successfully complete the proposed course of instruction. Persons with disabilities will be provided appropriate accommodation (e.g., taped materials, interpreters) during the admissions process upon request.

The university recognizes that the Departments of Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC) and Military Science (Army ROTC) comply with the Military Code of Conduct and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy" with respect to sexual orientation, which are sanctioned under federal law and are outside the reach of university policy.

Courses, programs, and activities sponsored by the university including, but not limited to, admissions, academic programs, student employment, counseling and guidance services, financial aid, recreational activities and intercollegiate athletics, will be available to students in a nondiscriminatory manner, unless otherwise exempted under title IX of the educational amendments of 1972. (See Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities in this policy.)

The university will provide equal athletic opportunities for members of both sexes and students with disabilities who participate in interscholastic, intercollegiate, club, or intramural activities.

All university-owned and sponsored housing intended for students must be available to all students. Assignments to such housing must be made without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, disability (except for accommodation purposes) or status as a protected veteran. The university may provide separate housing on the basis of sex, provided that, as a whole, it is comparable in both quantity and quality to that provided to students of the other sex. Comparable, convenient, and accessible housing for students with disabilities will be provided at the same cost as to others.

All auxiliary facilities which are supported by the university must be available to students without discrimination. Further, the university has a responsibility to assure that all institutional or institution-supported services, facilities, activities, and programs for students are available to students in a nondiscriminatory manner. Reasonable accommodation will be made for students with disabilities (e.g., if an office is inaccessible, a representative of that office will meet with the student in an accessible area.) Auxiliary facilities include, for example, the dining halls, the student union, offices, and commercial concessions.

The awarding of scholarships and other financial aid must be administered by the university in a nondiscriminatory manner. Financial assistance includes both public and private scholarships, fellowships, student loans, traineeship stipends, and employment obtained by the institution for the student as part of an assistance program (e.g., teaching assistantships and work study programs.) Student financial aid programs based on race or national origin may be consistent with title VI if the purpose of such aid is to overcome the effects of past discrimination. The institution may administer certain sex-restricted forms of financial assistance in accordance with the provisions of title IX of the educational amendments of 1972 provided that the overall effect of such assistance does not discriminate on the basis of sex. Likewise, the institution may administer certain forms of financial assistance to students with disabilities if the overall effect of the award of such assistance is not discriminatory on the basis of disability.

Where the university donates, leases, or otherwise makes available university-owned facilities or land for student use or activities which are a part of its overall program, or where the university provides funds or other financial assistance to acquire or operate facilities for such activities, the university must assure itself that the activities are operated without discrimination. Every effort will be made to assure reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities.

Students may not be referred to training facilities which discriminate in their policies or programs. This includes such programs as student teaching in local schools, clinical training, internship experiences, cooperative education, etc.

While title VI of the civil rights act of 1964, title IX of the educational amendments of 1972, and section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973 do not specifically require affirmative action, voluntary affirmative action is permitted under these regulations. Where there is evidence of discriminatory effects under existing policies and procedures specific remedial action is required. (WAC 106-72-025 equal opportunity for students.)