DEI Policies and Practices
The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in every aspect of its operations. It values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from a variety of backgrounds.
As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Saint Joseph’s is committed to the just and respectful treatment of students, faculty and staff. To this end, Saint Joseph’s prohibits unlawful discrimination against, and harassment of, its employees, students, or applicants for employment or admission on the basis of any characteristic protected by state or federal law. The prohibition extends to discrimination, harassment and retaliation by third parties visiting campus or participating in University-sponsored activities.
Additionally, the University has several policies and practices in place that encourage a welcoming and inclusive community and that set clear expectations for conduct. When behavior conflicts with the University’s policies and codes of conduct, the University has several robust reporting, remediation and investigative protocols for suspected bias, harassment, intimidation and other unwelcoming actions. These include conduct, verbal or written speech, images, or expression that demonstrate conscious or implicit bias. The University’s Bias Activity Review Group reviews and evaluates all bias complaints and, in some cases, refers these cases to the Community Standards Board for hearing and adjudication.
Further, the University is committed to providing an institutional environment where all persons may pursue their studies, careers, duties, and activities in an atmosphere free of the threat of sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking for purposes of this Policy, this conduct may be referred to, collectively, as “Sexual Misconduct". Sexual Misconduct directed toward students, employees or any member of the University community, including third parties, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, interferes with the expectation that all individuals at the University will learn and work in an environment that is free from discrimination. Sexual Misconduct, as defined by the University, may also constitute a crime.
Chosen Name Guidelines
In Fall 2020, the University Launched the Chosen Name Guidelines and Practice allowing students, staff and faculty to select their chosen name the pronouns they prefer on official documents and in official university systems.