It is the policy of Missouri State University to maintain the campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff and students free from discrimination and harassment in violation of the University’s policies. In accordance with federal and state law, and the Missouri State University Nondiscrimination Policy, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status, or on any other basis (including, but not limited to, political affiliation and sexual orientation) not related to the applicable educational requirements for students or the applicable job requirements for employees. Discrimination or harassment against any member of the University community will not be tolerated at Missouri State University.
This policy shall not be interpreted in a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
The University will respond to instances of discrimination or harassment in accordance with the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance Complaint Procedures and will respond appropriately to those who violate this policy, up to and including dismissal from the University or termination of employment.
The University recognizes the human dignity of each member of the Missouri State University community and believes that each member has a responsibility to promote respect and dignity for others so that all employees and students are free to pursue their goals in an open environment, able to participate in the free exchange of ideas, and able to share equally in the benefits of the University’s employment and educational opportunities. To achieve this end, the University believes it should foster a learning, working and living environment free from discrimination and harassment on any basis not related to the applicable educational requirements for students or the applicable job requirements for employees.
The University's educational mission is promoted by professionalism. Professionalism is fostered by an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Actions of faculty, staff, and students and others affiliated with the University that harm this atmosphere undermine professionalism and hinder fulfillment of the University's educational mission. Trust and respect are diminished when those in positions of authority abuse their power. Those who abuse their power in such a context violate their duty to the University community.
This policy applies to the Missouri State University system. It applies to the conduct of all University employees, including student-employees with respect to conduct that arises out of their employment status, as well as to the conduct of all vendors, contractors, subcontractors and others who do business with the University.