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CSU’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity, Inclusion & Diversity

To: Faculty, Staff and Students

From: Dr. Chris Markwood, President

Re: Reaffirmation of Commitment to Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, & Diversity

We all have a responsibility to fulfill the university’s value of inclusion: Fostering and promoting a campus that embraces diverse people, ideas, views, and practices.

I firmly believe that the more we understand and appreciate each other and our differences, the more we understand and appreciate what we each can bring to our jobs, our mission and our community.

Accordingly, CSU is committed to providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. This commitment extends beyond simply achieving numerical diversity to that of inclusive excellence in the intellectual and social life of our campus. This vow to prepare students for responsible participation in a diverse global community, through excellence and engagement, is the hallmark of a great university. Each of us is responsible and accountable for providing a work and academic environment where everyone feels included and is treated with dignity and respect.

Also a reminder: sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex. It is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other sex-related verbal, physical, or nonverbal (e.g., sexually based stalking, videotaping, “sexting” & voyeurism) conduct. Sexual violence, which includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, and dating/domestic violence, is a form of sexual harassment/discrimination. Any member of the campus community or public who witnesses, is subjected to, or is informed of incidents of discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or related retaliation involving faculty, staff, or students must contact Ms. Laurie Jones, Executive Director of Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator; Dr. Chip Reese, Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students & Deputy Title IX Coordinator; or Annette Brown, Human Resources Manager & Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Ms. Jones & Ms. Brown are located in Richards 228 and can both be reached at 706-507-8920. Dr. Reese is located in Schuster 234 and can be reached at 706-507-8730. They will promptly and thoroughly ensure that all complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, violence against women, and related retaliation are investigated in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, and University System of Georgia policies, and university rules and/or procedures. Criminal sex offenses, hate and other crimes may also be reported to the University Police Department at 706-507-8911.