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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.68
Liaison Jeanne Gulnick
Submission Date July 18, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Saint Joseph's College - ME
PA-6: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Nancy Kristiansen
Online Business Program Director
Saint Joseph's On-line
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

https://www.sjcme.edu/uploadedFiles/Sites/SJCMEEDU/Pages/mySJC/Human_Resources/Files/salaryhandbk.pdf

3.00 EMPLOYMENT POLICIES
3.01 EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals,
employment decisions at Saint Joseph’s College will be based on merit, qualifications, and
abilities. Saint Joseph’s College does not discriminate in employment opportunities or
practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any
other characteristic protected by law.

Also included are:
3.02 POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION WITH RESPECT TO DISABILITY, and
3.03 JOB POSTING


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team) to respond to and support those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team (including examples of actions taken during the previous three years):

Regarding Title IX-Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct, Title IX Coordinator and Advisory Committee

In accordance with Title IX regulations, the College has designated a Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is charged with monitoring on an institution wide basis the College’s compliance with the regulations promulgated under Title IX. In addition, the College has named members of the Title IX Advisory Committee which can be found in Appendix A. We have a student intervention team, a crisis response team, and a comprehensive grievance process for students if they encounter instances of bullying, discrimination, or other harassment. The Dean of Campus Life oversees these functions.


Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit faculty from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support faculty from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups:

Safe Zone Awareness Training provided to interested faculty, staff and administrators on a volunteer basis. Participants post signage on their office doors to increase awareness and provide support throughout the campus to the GLBTQ community.

Gay/Straight Alliance formed by students to start in Fall 2014.

Training has been provided regarding Title IX Policy from the Employee Handbook.

Multi-Faith prayer room added to Mercy Center.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
No

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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When students indicate that they identify as transgender or transitioning, and request housing accommodations, we defer to the preference of the student in their placement in the residence halls.

Saint Joseph’s College is committed to maintaining a humane atmosphere in which individuals do not abuse their personal power or authority in interpersonal relationships. Our fully staffed on campus security broadly addresses issues pertaining to a safe campus environment. Policies are well defined for any cases of misconduct, harassment or assault are suspected or confirmed. http://www.sjcme.edu/files/AnnualReportSafetySecurity2012.pdf

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.