Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics (CDE) works to make the university a welcoming, and accessible environment for all. If you need training for your department or unit on recognizing and stopping discrimination or harassment, assistance with a disability accommodation, or want to learn more about the university’s diversity initiatives, CDE is here to help. Together, we can make your Mason experience the best it can be.
You Have Rights, and You Have an Advocate
If you or someone you know is the subject of illegal harassment or discrimination, you don't have to take it or deal with it alone. We investigate claims of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct.
Meet with a member of the Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics team to talk about your options. Mason has a process in place to administer and enforce university policies, and federal and state laws. We will investigate and determine if further action is necessary.
In addition, CDE offers educational workshops to ensure that members of the campus community understand their rights and responsibilities, specifically in regard to maintaining a learning and working environment free from illegal discrimination.
We work collaboratively with other campus entities and the surrounding community to ensure physical and program access for persons with disabilities and to create, design, and disseminate programs that bring diverse people together in an encouraging and welcoming environment.
The ADA Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator, the University Ethics Officer, Assistive Technology Initiatives, and the Office of the Ombudsman, are all part of the Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics portfolio.
What CDE Does
- Ensures that the university adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity and civil right laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and affirmative action regulations.
- Fosters a diverse learning, working and learning environment by identifying and eliminating obstacles to equal success.
- Monitor's the university's continuing commitment to equal opportunity, both in employment and educational practices.
- Assists in recruiting a diverse workforce by targeting recruiting opportunities and collaborating with deans, chairs, and managers to identify highly qualified employees from diverse backgrounds.
- Collaborates with Human Resources to ensure a fair selection process focusing on objective job criteria and candidates' relevant knowledge, training and experience.
- Trains and advises managers, hiring authorities and search committees on their responsibilities as representatives of the university in conducting an effective and legal search process.
- Provides training so that members of the campus community understand their rights and responsibilities in maintaining a learning and working environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, pregnancy status, genetic information, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and age.
- Works with the Assistive Technology Initiative and other university entities to ensure both physical and program access for people with disabilities.
- Provides training, technical assistance and direction to the entire university community on accessibility for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities.
- Assists in providing reasonable accommodations for employees and visitors.