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Nondiscrimination Policy

Diversity Statement

It is the policy of Ohio Northern University not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid or other school administered programs.

At ONU Law we make an unwavering pledge against discrimination and for inclusiveness, which is in line with the diversity statement of Ohio Northern University as a whole.  We also actively recruit members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, the LGBTQ community, geographically diverse areas, a variety of undergraduate institutions, and all ages to join us.  It is by our differences that we create a rich academic and social environment where we can better understand ourselves, law, and society by learning from one another.

Ohio Northern University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, transgender status, gender identity or gender expression in its educational, extracurricular or athletic programs, or in any admission or employment decisions. ONU is committed to promptly and equitably responding to all reports of sexual discrimination with the goal of eliminating the misconduct and/or harassment, preventing its recurrence, and addressing its effects on any individual or the community.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

This Sex Discrimination Policy (“Policy”) addresses all forms of sexual discrimination prohibited under Title IX.  Title IX is a federal law which provides that no person, on the basis of sex, shall be “excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Ohio Northern University (“ONU” or the “University”) does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, transgender status, gender identity, or gender expression in its educational, extracurricular, or athletic programs, or in any admission or employment decisions.

The University is committed to promptly and equitably responding to all reports of sexual discrimination with the goal of eliminating the misconduct, preventing its recurrence, and addressing its effects on any individual or the community.

This Policy applies to allegations of sex discrimination made against any ONU student by another member of the ONU community.  This Policy also applies to allegations of sex discrimination made against any ONU employee by another member of the ONU community. 1  This Policy applies regardless of sexual orientation, as Complainants and Respondents may be female, male, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students.

This Policy applies to allegations of sex discrimination on or off campus.  It applies in face to face encounters, social media and other forms of electronic communication. 2  It applies whenever sex discrimination interferes with or denies a member of the ONU community equal access to ONU’s educational programs and activities.

The Policy is published online on the University website and a link to the Policy is emailed annually to all University email addresses.  A link to the Policy is also provided in the Staff Handbook, which is electronically distributed to ONU staff.  The Policy is also included in the Student Handbook, which is electronically distributed annually to all students. Additional copies are available upon request from the Office of Student Conduct and from the Office of Human Resources.

1 Any person who alleges sex discrimination by a faculty member, administrator, or staff member (rather than by a student) is strongly encouraged to report complaints as described in this Policy. The Title IX team will partner with the Office of Human Resources to address the matter.

2 This Policy governs allegations of sex discrimination as defined above, and supersedes any related College-specific policy or procedure, including the Pettit College of Law’s Code of Professional Responsibility.