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Discrimination and Harassment

Filing a Complaint

Creating and sustaining a welcoming climate requires mutual respect for all. This means that discrimination and harassment are not acceptable at Monmouth University. The Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) is committed to fostering an environment at Monmouth University where all people, regardless of background, identity, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, feel welcomed.

Persons connected with Monmouth University who believe they have experienced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation may bring their concerns to the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Information about or assistance with discrimination and harassment issues may be obtained from a variety of University resources. The following individuals can provide advice to individuals who believe they are experiencing discrimination or harassment:

  • Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, Facilities Management Building, 732-571-3546
  • Dr. Rekha Datta, Interim Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs, Great Hall, Room 211, 732-571-4438
  • Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, Student Center, Room 207, 732-571-3417
  • Nina M. Anderson, Director, Office of Equity and Diversity, Title IX Coordinator / ADA 504 Coordinator 732-571-7577

Hate and Bias Related Incidents

A Bias/Hate Related Incident is any suspected or confirmed offense or unlawful act that occurs to a person or private property on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity. An offense is bias based if the motive for the commission of the offense or unlawful act pertains to race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity. Not all Bias/Hate Related Incidents are Bias Crimes. A Bias or Hate Crime is a criminal offense against a person or property, which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against any of the above-mentioned characteristics.

Reporting Resources

If you witness or have experienced a hate or bias related incident that requires an emergency response, please dial 9-1-1 directly.

The University is also committed to providing a number of safe spaces for community members to explore their reporting options in non-emergency situations. The staff of these offices has been trained to be welcoming and sensitive to student, staff and community concerns. Please do not feel boxed in to any one category or office, people from all backgrounds are invited to report, explore, and share.

Primary Reporting Areas

Office of Equity and Diversity
304 Great Hall

Division of Student Life
2nd Floor Student Center

Monmouth University Police Department
Non-emergencies: 732-571-4444

What to Report
If you are not sure you have experienced a hate crime and would like to discuss the incident, please call the Office of Equity and Diversity at 732-571-7577. Even if a reported incident is not one that constitutes a hate crime or an incident that violates a University policy, we will learn from the reports and obtain feedback on how we can improve some aspect of the campus climate. Reports may result in individual education or new efforts to improve some aspect of campus life.

In all instances, individuals who experience acts of hate, bias, harassment or discrimination should feel they have a safe space in which to report the behavior and receive support. Monmouth University is committed to provide such safe spaces and to support a comprehensive reporting mechanism for incidents of bias so that we may better understand our campus climate and work continuously to improve it.