Mission and Non-Discrimination Statement
To understand the Castleton Way, which guides the university in all its endeavors, is to engage in respectful relationships in an inclusive, student-centered environment; to appreciate our learned and compassionate faculty and dedicated and caring staff; to strive to learn, use, and teach sustainable environmental practices; and to participate in strong community partnerships.
Castleton’s transformational education emphasizes undergraduate liberal arts and professional studies while also offering graduate programs. The University prepares its diverse students for relevant and meaningful careers in a global economy, advanced academic pursuits, and responsible citizenship.
Every member of the Vermont State Colleges should work to ensure non-discriminatory processes and practices with faculty, staff, and students.
Qualified students are recruited for, admitted to and participate in all University programs without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, or any other status protected by law. The VSC will provide reasonable accommodations to create equal opportunities for students with known disabilities.
Faculty, administrators, and staff are employed without discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, marital status, any other status protected by law, or disability unrelated to job requirements. The VSC will make reasonable accommodations to the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant or employee.
Additionally, the VSC will engage in affirmative efforts to recruit, admit, and support students and to recruit, employ, and support employees in order to achieve the diversity which advances the educational mission.
The Vermont State Colleges complies with State and Federal laws related to equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Any questions or complaints about potential or perceived discrimination in violation of any State or Federal law should be directed to the appropriate individual or agency listed below:
- Janet Hazelton, Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Castleton University, Woodruff Hall, Castleton, VT, 05735, (802) 468-1207;
- Director of Employee Relations and General Counsel, VSC Office of the Chancellor, Montpelier, VT, 05601, (802) 224-3013;
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1801 L. Street NW, Washington, DC, 29597, (800) 669-4000;
- Office of ADA Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice, 320 First Street NW, Washington, DC, 20530, (202) 514-0301.
- U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 33 Arch Street, Ninth Floor, Boston, MA, 02110, (617) 223-0150
This statement is in compliance with State and Federal law. It does not create any rights or benefits beyond those afforded by law. Castleton University and the Vermont State Colleges also have specific policies related to non-discrimination which are outlined elsewhere in this handbook.