The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion monitors and supports Mason’s commitments to equity and belonging, as well as affirms a culture of integrity that values shared responsibility as a critical element of an inclusive and diverse academic community.
As members of Mason Nation, we are all tasked with behaving diligently and professionally in adhering to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness by being respectful of the rights of others as well as protecting the privacy of confidential information and complying with laws, rules, and regulations.
To encourage such principles of diversity and inclusion, we prohibit discrimination and harassment and provide equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, or any other trait or status protected by applicable law. These applicable laws consist of, but are not limited to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Equal Pay Act; the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Federal Executive Order 11246; Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA); and Virginia's State Executive Order Number Two. Further, it is the university’s policy that there shall be no retaliation against those who raise issues of discrimination or potential discrimination, or who participate in an investigation of such issues.
The University's Equal Opportunity Chief Investigator, ADA Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator, and Assistive Technology Initiative are all part of the DEI portfolio.