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Civil Rights


As a land-grant university, Central State University is committed to the value of diversity, access, and inclusion, and steadfastly adheres to equal opportunity and non-discrimination principals in all aspects of employment for our staff and to all community members seeking to participate in our programs and activities.


Under Title VI and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended, and various federal and state laws and university policies, as well as our personal and organizational beliefs and values, we are collectively committed to the elimination of discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, marital or family status, military status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Moreover, we strictly prohibit reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.


In fulfilling these commitments, our university Extension administrations will:


All Extension staff are expected to understand equal opportunity laws and guidelines, and to be in compliance with USDA-NIFA and university guidelines.


For more information on USDA-NIFA civil rights and equal employment resources, please go to: http://nifa.usda.gov/civil-rights-equal-employment-opportunity.


Our institution provides an annual statement on equal opportunity and non-discrimination: 2019 Annual Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination Statement


For more information
Civil Rights laws, compliance, and training


Civil Rights Federal Laws and Regulations
Central State University Extension, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and its land-grant partners recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and implementation of Extension programs and activities. These Extension programs and activities must treat every customer and employee with fairness, equality, and respect. This applies to all aspects of the Extension programs and activities, including identifying needs, setting priorities, allocating resources, selecting and assigning staff, conducting programs, and obtaining feedback.
USDA Civil Rights compliance reviews are conducted consistent with the following major statutes and Departmental Regulations:

Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title VI

Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title VII

Civil Rights Act of 1991

Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX

Equal Pay Act of 1963

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sections 503 and 504

Titles I and V Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended

Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended

ADA Guide for State & Local Government

Executive Order 11246: Equal Employment Opportunity

Executive Order 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights; Regulations and Departmental Directives


Civil Rights Plan


Civil Rights Policies


Civil Rights Statements


Civil Rights Compliance Resources
The CSU Extension rigorously provides training and resources to raise awareness of our roles and responsibilities regarding Civil Rights and EEO. The Smith-Lever Act, and subsequent amendments, dictate that Extension programs be designed to serve all the people. This includes all socioeconomic classes as well as the protected classes identified in Civil Rights laws and regulations. It is important for staff to have ready access to resources to address their specialized and/or difficult questions and issues.​

All Extension staff, volunteers, and advisory board members will follow the intent and requirements of Civil Rights laws and regulations, and are expected to:


All reasonable efforts include:


Civil Rights Compliance Tools:


Civil Rights Complaint Procedures
It is important that the Extension promptly addresses any concerns about discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment. Discrimination or harassment is addressed by Central State University’s Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Policy. Complaints related to civil rights compliance in Extension programs and activities may be filed by any individual, group of program participant, or potential program participant. In addition, the public must be told of their right to file a discrimination complaint.


Policy
The public is told of the right to file a complaint through the use of two posters:  1) the USDA "And Justice for All" poster; and 2) the Central State University Sexual and Discrimination Harassment poster. These posters must be visibly displayed in Extension meeting rooms and the main office. The USDA poster advises participants that they can file complaints with the Office of Civil Rights at USDA. This office will investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination in programs operated or assisted by USDA, including Cooperative Extension programs. The CSU poster directs clients and employees to a number of resources on the campus.


For specific information about what to include in in a complaint letter, visit: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_program.html


Extension Guidelines for Informal Resolution of Complaints
CSU encourages, but does not require, clients to try to resolve complaints with the Extension employee providing the program or activities at the local level. However, if that is not possible, or if the client’s complaint is not resolved to their satisfaction, then clients should be provided with the CSU Discrimination Complaint Notification document. Once an allegation has been made that contains any element of discrimination or harassment, the appropriate individuals at CSU will investigate the complaint.


Civil Rights Training


Civil Rights and Employment Posters


Accommodation Resources


Definitions


Equal Opportunity Advisory Board