Diversity-Related Policies and Initiatives


Policy DIV-001: Accessible Meetings, Events, & Programs

Policy DIV-002: Reasonable Accommodations for Employees

Policy DIV-003: Animals on Campus--Policies and Procedure

Policy DIV-004: Accommodations and Services for Students with Disabilities

Policy DIV-007: Sexual Misconduct Policy

Policy DIV-008: Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedures

Policy DIV-009: Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures

Policy DIV-010: Title IX Exemptions Policy

Policy DIV-011: Amorous Relationships Policy

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Title IX

Title IX is a federal statue, which was enacted into law on June 23, 1972. Title IX states "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational programs or activity receiving federal financial assistance." 

Learn more about Title IX here.

Office of Social Equity

The work carried out by Kutztown University's Office of Social Equity can be summarized in two words: equality and compliance. The Office of Social Equity serves Kutztown University by monitoring the recruitment and hiring of faculty and senior-level management employees to ensure the search and selection processes are equitable and legal; by compiling the university's annual Affirmative Action Plan in an effort to address the underutilization, if any, of qualified women and minorities within our workforce; by investigating certain complaints in order to protect the rights of individuals and to resolve conflicts on campus; and by facilitating and/or supporting events, training and education, which further the university's goals of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. Discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status is prohibited.

Learn more about the Office of Social Equity under KU's Equity & Compliance Division.

Justice, equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Committee

At Kutztown University, we value and appreciate the differences and unique aspects each individual brings to our campus community. The diverse perspectives, ideas, background and abilities of our faculty, staff and students, help to create an environment for which each member can grow and ultimately be more prepared to thrive in our ever-changing society. We strive tirelessly to be open to change, listen to those who find challenge in this space, and respond in a way that makes everyone feel valued.

Kutztown recognizes and supports the compelling need to expand the focus and framework in creating an inclusive environment that is just, celebrates our diverse backgrounds, and celebrates equal opportunity of all individuals in our community. We need to rededicate our commitment to these principles and strive to educate and enlighten so that all among us are working toward the same goals.

To meet these goals and objectives, President Hawkinson directed that a University Justice, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Strategic Plan be developed to guide the university in achieving Goal 3 of our Strategic Plan. To facilitate the drafting of the JEDI plan, Dr. Hawkinson, on October 8, 2020, commissioned the Kutztown University Commission on the Status of Minorities (CSM).

Learn more about the JEDI Committee here.


The Human Diversity Committee is a committee of the Council of Trustees that generally meets once every other month.

Learn more about the Council of Trustees here.

KU Strategic plan initiatives

The 104 action items of KU's Strategic Plan related to diversity, equity, and inclusion can be found here.

KU's Strategic Plan can be found here.