The Office of Social Equity supports the University's goal of creating and maintaining a learning environment in which the rights of all are respected. This office encourages the entire University to become personally involved in enriching the campus through support of enhanced social justice and diversity. The Office of Social Equity reaffirms the University's commitment to social justice and diversity through the promotion of understanding, tolerance and respect for others, and ensures that the University community understands and complies with federal and state laws and California University policies with respect to equal opportunity, Affirmative Action, ADA and Title IX.
The Office of Social Equity helps students and employees resolve concerns and complaints regarding harassment, discrimination and disability. The Office of Social Equity strives to help any student, faculty member or employee who needs information or assistance or has a concern about Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, ADA, Title IX or Sexual Harassment policies.
The Office of Social Equity's support services are provided in the following areas in compliance with state and federal laws:
Equal Opportunity, Diversity, Compliance and Equity
The Special Assistant to the President for EEEO who is also the Title IX Coordinator strives to enhance diversity in the University community through working with diversity committees/groups, special projects, trainings, etc.
Social Equity Complaints
The responsibility for investigating complaints is vested in the Office of Social Equity under the direction of the Special Assistant to the President for EEEO who is also the Title IX Coordinator.
Complete information regarding policies, procedures, and the informal and formal complaint processes can be found in both the Campus EEO Policy(Policy Statements and Compliance Procedures on Equal Education and Employment Opportunity and Social Equity) and the Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) Policy.
Social Equity Online Training Programs
Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education mandates that all universities conduct sexual harassment awareness training with new students. Additionally, the University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects persons from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. California University of Pennsylvania provides many resources to administration, faculty and staff, as well as students, to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual misconduct, stalking and dating/domestic violence. To this end, California University of Pennsylvania also offers through the Office of Social Equity an online training program(s) regarding Title IX legislation. In addition to the Title IX online training program, the Office of Social Equity is requiring that all personnel (administration, faculty and staff) and all students complete the Social Equity required online training courses annually.
Location and Hours
The Office of Social Equity is located in South Hall, Room 112, 724-938-4014. Office hours are 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Evenings and weekends are by appointment only.