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Non-Discrimination Policy

Pratt Institute is committed to the recognition and preservation of each individual’s human dignity and rights, and values mutual respect and differences that are supportive of intellectual, creative, personal, and professional growth. 

These rights and privileges are compromised when individuals or groups within the community engage in acts of discrimination and/or discriminatory harassment, and/or coercion against other individuals or groups, including intimidation by threats and/or acts of violence or personal vilification on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, genetic predisposition and/or carrier status, religion, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, partnership status, caregiver status, political beliefs, citizenship or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal laws or any other legally protected status with respect to the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all members of its academic community. 

The protected rights, privileges, programs, and activities include, but are not limited to, employment and conditions at the Institute, admissions, financial aid, scholarships, enrollment access to housing, educational programs, co-curricular activities, and participation in athletic programs. Any and all acts of discrimination are prohibited and not tolerated. 

This policy applies to both in-person as well as written/posted acts that include expressions of discrimination and/or bias on social media and other virtual platforms. Such acts undermine the fundamental values of the entire community and contribute to a hostile environment that may limit or deny access to the educational and working experience and environment, not just for those subjected to such acts but to the community as a whole. 

This policy is not intended to discourage free expression and discussion of thoughts, ideas, and opinions that are an essential part of a higher education experience. The Institute will consider these principles in its response to complaints of discrimination that involve an individual’s statements or speech. However, discriminatory or harassing statements may not be protected expression under these principles and may be considered violations of this policy.

Speech or other expression constitutes discriminatory harassment if it:

  • Insults, stigmatizes, threatens, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of the protected categories listed above or other personal attributes; including verbal and/or non-verbal symbols.

In the context of discriminatory acts and/or harassment, verbal and/or non-verbal symbols are words, pictures, or symbols that are, as a matter of common knowledge, understood to convey direct hatred or contempt for certain groups and that by their very use inflict injury or tend to incite a breach of the peace, or that creates a disruption, hostile or offensive educational and working experience, and environment. 

It is also a violation of this policy to engage in hate/bias crimes which may include verbal, physical, or visual violence (e.g. social media posts, pictures and/or photographs), spreading misinformation, malicious gossip, intimidation, retaliation, and/or destruction of property against a person based in whole or substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding that person’s identities based on the protected categories listed above.  (It is important to note, in these instances, a violation of the Policy does not preclude the Institute from pursuing a violation of the Title IX Policy.)

This policy applies uniformly to all members of the Institute’s community and upholds high expectations regarding the conduct of its students, faculty, staff, and administration on or off-campus. Persons who believe they have been subject to discrimination and/or bias in violation of this policy are encouraged to promptly report concerns or matters that could be in violation of this policy through the Bias, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Incident Report Form. If you would prefer to submit an anonymous report in confidence, please report the incident(s) through EthicsPoint. Persons found in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including the termination of employment and suspension or expulsion of students.