Statement on Nondiscrimination

Approved by:  Office of Student Affairs

History:  Updated:  June 25, 2015 | August 22, 2016 | August 13, 2019

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In compliance with applicable law, such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and The Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments, St. Catherine University (the “University”) admits students and administers its education policies, financial aid and scholarship programs, and its educational, athletic and other University administered programs without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, gender/sex (including pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, as a historical women’s undergraduate institution and as permitted by law, the University limits student admissions to its undergraduate College of Women to individuals who identify as female. 

The University prohibits sex discrimination in accordance with Title IX, including sexual assault and sexual harassment.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal sex discrimination law that provides that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and includes a variety of unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature, including gender-based harassment, sexual violence, and sexual assault.  The University does not, in accordance with Title IX, discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its employment, education, educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs.

Among other prohibited forms of sex discrimination, the University will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. The University will promptly and equitably respond to all reports of sexual misconduct in order to eliminate the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on any individual or the community.

Inquiries or complaints about Title IX, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct may be directed to the College's Title IX Coordinator:  Sarah Schnell, Title IX Coordinator and Human Resources Director, Derham Hall #8, sbschnell@stkate.edu, and 651-690-6565. 

Patricia Pratt-Cook, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity & Inclusion is responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance with the disability-related requirements of applicable law, as well as compliance with other applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in programs for students.  Persons with concerns, questions or complaints in regard to harassment or discrimination may contact Pat Pratt-Cook, in Derham Hall #101, or at pcprattcook867@stkate.edu , or at 651-690-6560.