According to our mission statement, “Princeton Theological Seminary prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy, and in the public arena. In response to Christ’s call for the unity of the church, the seminary embraces in its life and work a rich racial and ethnic diversity and the breadth of communions represented in the worldwide church.” As part of our agreement of living together at Princeton Theological Seminary we promise to practice hospitality and seek understanding and integrity in our relationships. With graciousness and generosity of spirit, we will seek out God’s gifts in our neighbors. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in Federal and Federally assisted projects and programs based upon race, color, and national origin. Since 1964, additional Title VI-like statutes have prohibited discrimination based upon sex (Federal-aid Highway Act of 1973), age (The Age Discrimination Act of 1975), and disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). Taken together, Princeton Seminary has defined a Title VI/Nondiscrimination Program to prohibit discrimination based upon race, color, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, civil union status, military status, national origin, religious affiliation (except as religion may be a bona fide qualification), disability, sexual or affectional orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait of an individual, or any other characteristic protected by law in its admission policies, education programs, activities, or employment policies.
Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., was enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. If a recipient of federal assistance is found to have discriminated and voluntary compliance cannot be achieved, the federal agency providing the assistance should either initiate fund termination proceedings or refer the matter to the Department of Justice for appropriate legal action. Aggrieved individuals may file administrative complaints with the federal agency that provides funds to a recipient, or the individuals may file suit for appropriate relief in federal court. Title VI itself prohibits intentional discrimination. However, most funding agencies have regulations implementing Title VI that prohibit recipient practices that have the effect of discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
The Seminary welcomes those with disabilities and strives to provide an environment in which all students have equal access to educational opportunities and to the campus community. It accords appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations to those with a documented, permanent disability that results in a substantial, material, and irreversible impairment of a major function.
Accordingly, acts of discrimination or harassment based on an individual’s gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military status or any other legally protected status will not be tolerated by the Seminary. The Seminary will provide employees and students who feel that they are victims of discrimination or harassment with mechanisms for seeking redress. Discrimination as a result of belonging to a protected class may constitute a violation of Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, a violation of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, a violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, other applicable federal and state laws/regulations, and/or Seminary policy.
The Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement serves as the Seminary's chief diversity administrator and is responsible for coordinating the Seminary’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and serves as the Seminary’s Title VI Coordinator. The Associate Dean of Student Life will serve as Deputy Title VI Coordinator and will confer closely with the Title VI Coordinator. For the purpose of these grievance procedures, “Seminary’s Title VI Coordinator” shall mean the Seminary’s Title VI Coordinator and/or designated Deputy Title VI Coordinator, unless otherwise specified. Where and when appropriate, these procedures may be modified or amended by the Seminary’s Title VI Coordinator.