Responsibilities and Policies of the University
Responsibility of the University
The programs and/or requirements set forth in this catalog are subject to change without notice. Any modification in the programs and/or requirements shall be made at the discretion of the administrative officers of Monmouth University whenever such action is deemed necessary.
Equal Opportunity Policy
Monmouth University supports equal opportunity in recruitment, admission, educational programs, and employment practices regardless of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, nationality, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, age, liability for military service, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a mental or physical disability, including AIDS and HIV-related illnesses or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law. The University also complies with all major federal and state laws and executive orders requiring equal employment opportunity and/or affirmative action.
Monmouth University affirms the right of its faculty, staff, and students to work and learn in an environment free from discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, and has developed procedures to be used to resolve discrimination or sexual harassment complaints. A copy of the University-wide policy on discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, which describes the procedures for resolving such complaints, may be obtained from the Office of Equity and Diversity located at: 400 Cedar Avenue, Wilson Hall, Room 304, West Long Branch, NJ 07764, Phone: (732) 571-7577, Fax: (732) 263-5140.
Additionally, inquiries may be made externally to: Office of Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100. Customer Service Hotline Phone: (800) 421-3481, Fax (202) 453-6012, TDD: (877) 521-2172, by E-mail or on their Web site.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Web site.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) establishes the right of all students to limited access to certain records and information; to review, seek correction of, and add explanations to records; and to receive a hearing on allegations of violations. The University may not require a waiver of these rights in its admission, academic, or service requirements.
Information such as grades, financial records, and financial aid records may be released to parent(s) of Monmouth University students who are dependents of their parents as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), provided that the parent(s) furnishes proof of such dependency, or the student completes a “FERPA Waiver Release” form. Once a student’s FERPA Waiver has been processed, it will remain in effect during the student’s career at Monmouth University unless rescinded in writing by the student. The FERPA Waiver form is available in e-FORMS, which are accessible from the Monmouth University student portal.
Directory information may be released by the University without the student’s permission unless the student states in writing that he/she does not want his/her directory information released. This request should be submitted using the FERPA Do Not Disclose form, available in e-FORMS, which are accessible from the Monmouth University student portal. Student requests to keep directory information confidential are permanent and therefore will remain in effect unless rescinded in writing by the student. Directory information consists of the following information:
- Student’s name
- Class level
- Registered credits for the current term
- Major field of study
- Participation in recognized activities and sports
- Biographical data for public relations purposes
- Dates of attendance at Monmouth University
- Degree and awards received at Monmouth University
- Photographs of student
- Most recent previous educational institution attended
- Veteran status
- Telephone number
- Birth date
- Degree candidacy
- Degree status
- Official student e-mail address
- Student ID number
A copy of “FERPA Policy for Students,” developed in support of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, may be inspected at the Office of the Registrar, Wilson Hall, Room 208; it is also available online.
Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provide that no otherwise qualified disabled person (student/employee/applicant) shall by reason of the disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. An otherwise qualified individual with respect to postsecondary education is one who meets the essential academic requirements and, with respect to employment, is one who with reasonable accommodation can perform the essential functions of the job in question. Monmouth University has complied with these principles and intends to continue its compliance. The Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity has been designated by the University as the ADA/504 Coordinator. Anyone having a complaint or observation about a possibly discriminatory act or practice should contact the ADA/504 Coordinator (Wilson Hall, Room 304) for information concerning the grievance procedure. A prompt investigation will be undertaken in an effort to resolve the matter and assure compliance.
Human Relations Philosophy and Policy
Monmouth University affirms the inestimable worth and dignity of every individual, regardless of his or her condition of life. We affirm, further, the right of each person to develop to his or her full potential and to be judged on the basis of personal accomplishments. Finally, we believe that the achievement of full humanity is enhanced by the experience of the human family.
We are committed to achieve and sustain a pluralistic environment recognized for its racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity, and which is characterized by genuine mutuality, acceptance, affirmation of the strengths and contributions of differing individuals and groups, and a willingness to resolve disputes in a spirit of good will.
Monmouth University, through this philosophy and policy statement, seeks to create a pluralistic community in which people:
- are accepted and judged as individuals, independent of ancestry, social and economic background, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical characteristics, or personal beliefs;
- may freely engage in constructive academic dialogue and debate in classrooms and public halls, and pursue their social and private lives uninhibited by discrimination, disruption, or harassment in any form and;
- value, respect, and draw their intellectual strength from the rich diversity of other peoples of different races, cultures, religions, nationalities, and beliefs.
This affirmation and commitment will guide us in the challenging times ahead as we strive to achieve excellence in service, teaching, and scholarship.