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Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is committed to providing its staff, faculty, students, and guests the opportunity to pursue excellence in their academic and professional endeavors. This opportunity can only exist when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect in which one is judged solely on criteria related to academic or job performance. The College is committed to providing such an environment, free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Each member of the community is responsible for fostering mutual respect, being familiar with this policy, and refraining from conduct that violates this policy.

MICA affirms its commitment to promote our values of fairness and equity. Complaints of discrimination or harassment are subject to resolution using the College's Sexual Harassment Hearing Board or Disciplinary Hearing Board, as detailed below. The Hearing Board Process is applicable regardless of whether the parties involved are members or non-members of the campus community, students, student organizations, faculty, administrators, or staff.

The Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Estevanny Turns, serves as the Title IX/Equity/AA Coordinator and ADA/504 Coordinator and oversees the implementation of MICA's policy on equal opportunity, harassment, and nondiscrimination. There is no time limitation on the filing of complaints. Reports of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation may be made promptly using any of the following options:

  1. Report directly to the Title IX/Equity/AA Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator (listed below)
  2. Report to Campus Safety
  3. Report to Student Affairs
  4. Report to supervisor or faculty member

Reports of misconduct or discrimination committed by the Title IX/Equity/AA Coordinator should be reported to the MICA President, Samuel Hoi, 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Suite M150, Baltimore, MD 21217,, (410) 225-2237.

All reports are acted upon promptly while every effort is made by the College to preserve the confidentiality of reports. Such reports may also be anonymous. Most employees (faculty and staff) of MICA are required to share reports of discrimination, harassment, and other violations covered in this policy promptly with the Title IX/Equity/AA Coordinator or other appropriate campus official. Only on-campus licensed professional counselors (MICA Counseling Center) and campus health service providers (MICA Student Health Services) whose official responsibilities include providing such services to members of the MICA community are able to grant confidentiality. Confidentiality and required reporting are addressed more specifically in Section 8, below.

This policy applies to behaviors that take place on the campus or at College-sponsored events and may also apply to off-campus (including online) activities when the Title IX/Equity/AA Coordinator determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial MICA interest.

Inquiries about this policy and procedure may be made internally to:

Estevanny Turns
Title IX/Equity/AA Coordinator
Office of Human Resources
Bunting Center 3101
300 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 383-6616

Michael Patterson
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office of Student Affairs
Bunting 260
300 West Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 225-2422

Inquiries may be made externally to:

Office for Civil Rights, Headquarters (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination Policy

Resources and Reporting Options for Sexual Misconduct and Gender Based Violence

Last Updated 9/2/2015