Equal Employment Opportunity
MCIU is an equal opportunity employment, educational, and service agency. MCIU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), disability, age, or any other legally protected classification in its educational programs, activities, or employment, as required by Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
Harassment and Discrimination
MCIU is committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination and unlawful harassment. Actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), race, ethnicity, age, religion, or any other legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated. MCIU pledges its best efforts to ensure that no individual is subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment. This includes ensuring that any incident of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct is given immediate attention, including investigating the incident, taking appropriate corrective action, and providing students and staff with appropriate supportive resources. Complaints alleging discrimination or harassment will be taken seriously and handled in a prompt and equitable manner.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
Title VII is a provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), and national origin
Title IX of the Education Amendment Act
Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 (“Title IX”), the MCIU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates. This requirement not to discriminate in the MCIU’s education programs and activities extends to employment with and admission to the MCIU. Sex discrimination includes sex-based harassment, discrimination on the basis of sex, and retaliation related to complaints of sex discrimination. Sex-based harassment is unwelcome conduct which includes both sexual harassment, including but not limited to sexual assault, other forms of sexual violence and other sexual misconduct, and gender-based harassment.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
All MCIU operations are in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. MCIU will not discriminate against anyone with a disability.
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Filing a Complaint/How to Report
Any students and members of the school/IU community who believes that he/she has been discriminated against or is the victim of harassment or knows of another student and member of the school/IU community who has, may report it.
Additionally, in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the MCIU has designated a Compliance Officer who can also be contacted regarding any questions or concerns about discrimination or harassment. The MCIU’s Compliance Coordinator can be contacted via phone, mail, or email using the following contact information:
Brad Landis, Ed.D.
Assistant Executive Director
2 W. Lafayette St. Norristown, PA 19401
Finally, for complaints regarding sex discrimination under Title IX, the MCIU has a designated Title IX Coordinator who can be contacted regarding any inquiries as to the application of Title IX or filing a harassment complaint. The MCIU’s Title IX Coordinator can be contacted via phone, mail, or email using the following contact information:
Valentina G. Viletto, Esquire
Director of Community and Government Relations
2 W. Lafayette St. Norristown, PA 19401
In addition to the above, students and members of the school/IU community can also file a complaint using this link: Complaint Forms.
Students and members of the school/IU community can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. In addition to contacting the MCIU’s Title IX Coordinator to file a report of harassment, all students and parents may report allegations of harassment to the applicable building or program administrator. Please also refer to Board Policy No. 103, Board Policy No. 104, Board Policy No. 248, and Board Policy No. 348.
All MCIU employees for whom the Title IX Coordinator assigns responsibilities to in regards to a Title IX Complaint have been trained. You may view the Title IX Training materials used to train those that may be involved in any Title IX related processes at the MCIU.