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2002-03 University Catalog

General Policies

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Statement on Equal Opportunity

George Mason University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution committed to the principle that access to study and employment opportunities afforded by the university, including all benefits and privileges, be accorded to each personstudent, faculty, or staff memberon the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, sex, or age (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification).

George Mason maintains a continuing affirmative program to promote equal opportunity and to identify and eliminate discriminatory practices in every phase of university operations. Furthermore, affirmative action is taken to ensure that opportunities afforded by the university are fully available to persons with disabilities, women, disabled and Vietnam veterans, and minorities. The university makes every reasonable accommodation to enable students or employees with disabilities to undertake work or study for which they qualify.

As required by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the university is committed to the broad application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

Students and employees should bring problems or questions regarding equal opportunity (EO), affirmative action (AA), or sexual harassment policies to the attention of their supervisors, academic deans, department chairs, the vice president for University Life, the student ombudsman, the director of Human Resources, a trusted faculty or staff member, the Women's Studies Research and Resource Center, or the vice president and university equity officer, Mason Hall, Suite D105, (703) 993-8730. Employees with disabilities may contact the ADA specialist in Mason Hall, Room D111, (703) 993-8857 or (703) 993-8787 (TDD). Students with disabilities may contact the Disability Resource Center in SUB I, Room 234, (703) 993-2474.