Diversity and Inclusion
To prepare our students for an increasingly diverse world, we are devoted to creating innovative programs and practices that attract, retain, and nurture a diverse community that fosters an environment which enables all who contribute to excel in an inclusive culture.
We are committed to continuing to build a diverse applicant pool of students, and we value the diversity found in our faculty, staff, and students. More diverse faculty/staff results in all students being exposed to a wider range of scholarly perspectives and ideas drawn from a variety of life experiences. All students benefit from a diverse community, and having faculty/staff with whom students can identify greatly improves their educational outcomes.
The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities is committed to being an inclusive educational community that values diversity in policy and practice. We aim to foster an educational environment where students, faculty, and staff exchange ideas freely, engage in critical thinking, and reexamine their personal perspectives. To create an environment where this respectful and productive dialogue is possible, we do not allow discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, geographic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, age, or nationality. The affirmation, appreciation, and inclusion of multiple cultures ensures that all students, faculty, staff, and the wider Indiana Academy community will be able to thrive in our multicultural academic and residential environment.
Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment
The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities (the “School”) does not discriminate or tolerate harassment on the basis of a protected class including but not limited to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, genetic information, or disability in the programs or activities which it operates or the employment therein or admission thereto.*
The School has designated a faculty member as coordinator of non-discrimination and anti-harassment. The identity and contact information for this staff member is listed below.
Inclusive Excellence Coordinator
Harassment or discrimination of students and guests is prohibited at all academic, residential, extra-curricular, and school-sponsored activities. Behavior prohibited by this policy also includes conduct in any school program or activity taking place in school facilities, residential facilities, on school transportation, or any off-campus conduct that has a continuing effect on campus or in a school program or activity.
Anyone who believes that a student or guest of the school has possibly been the target of discrimination or harassment is encouraged to immediately report the situation to an appropriate staff member such as a teacher, counselor, administrator, or to a Coordinator designated herein.
Any employee who observes, suspects, or is notified of discrimination or harassment must promptly report the behavior to his/her immediate supervisor. Supervisors must promptly report the behavior to a Coordinator designated herein.
The School will respond to all allegations of harassment and discrimination. In those cases where discrimination is substantiated, the School will take action reasonably calculated to end the harassment and discrimination, prevent its recurrence, and provide for a free appropriate public education. Individuals who are found to have engaged in unlawful discrimination or harassment may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including, expulsion from school or termination of employment.
Harassment is defined as unwelcome and unacceptable behavior toward a student or visitor on the basis of a protected class including but not limited to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, genetic information, or disability.
Harassment and discrimination may take many forms including verbal acts and name-calling; graphic and written statements; derogatory, demeaning or stereotyped remarks; sexual violence or unwanted sexual contact; or other conduct that may be harmful, humiliating, or physically threatening. Harassment and discrimination do not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents, but may be present in peer-to-peer, staff-to-student, or student-to-staff, interactions involving guests or third parties. Harassment and discrimination may be any act, speech, or gesture sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities provided by the School.
The School community can download the complete Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures or contact a coordinator as listed above. A hardcopy of the policy is also available upon request.
*Faculty and staff members seeking information and procedures for filing a complaint of unlawful discrimination may visit: https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/general-counsel.
Any person may report sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made in person, by regular mail, telephone, electronic mail, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the report. In-person reports must be made during normal business hours, but reports can be made online or by regular mail, telephone, or electronic mail at any time, including outside normal business hours.
The name and contact information for the Title IX Coordinator is:
Dr. Hatley Clifford
In addition to reporting to the Title IX Coordinator, any person may report sexual harassment to any employee of the School. When an employee of the School receives information about alleged sexual harassment, they are required to promptly forward all known details of the situation (including the names of the parties, and the time, date, location, and description of the alleged behavior) to the Title IX Coordinator.
The School’s Interim Title IX policy is here: Download Document
The School’s Interim Title IX policy covers complaints against students. Complaints against employees are covered under Ball State University’s Sexual Harassment Policy.
The School’s non-discrimination policy is here: Download Document
The School’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policy covers complaints against students. Complaints against employees are covered under Ball State University’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy.
The School’s Title IX personnel used the following materials for training: