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College Procedure Number/Title:

  • 63.01.01 Discrimination Complaint Procedures
  • 63.01.02 Diversity -- see Administrative Procedure 61.10.01

Howard Community College prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, creed, religion, sex, color, ancestry or national origin, age, political opinion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, occupation, source of income, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, familial status, or physical or mental disability of otherwise qualified individuals. 

This non-discrimination policy applies to and includes, but is not necessarily limited to, employment practices, educational programs, student admissions, and access to services.  The college will abide by all applicable requirements of county, state and federal law prohibiting discrimination.  Sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 includes sexual misconduct, which is described in the college's Sexual Misconduct Policy (63.01D).

All members of the college community are expected to abide by this non-discrimination policy and county, state, and federal requirements.  Those persons charged with a violation of this policy, if substantiated, may be subject to disciplinary action, including discharge, in addition to the penalties imposed under state and federal law.  

In addition, the college will go beyond avoiding overt discrimination and will, through educational programs, help faculty and staff become aware of and recognize more covert and subtle forms of discrimination and to remove those institutional barriers to equality.


Ethnicity or race is used operationally to mean the voluntary self-disclosure of ethnic or racial designations used by Howard County, the State of Maryland or the federal government for the purposes of monitoring non-discrimination.  Specific ethnic or racial designations being used currently by the county, state, or federal government may be obtained from the office of human resources. 

Freedom of political opinion includes participation in politics or political campaigns and the free expression of ideas; however, it does not include the ability to engage in political activity while on the job during working hours, advocacy of the overthrow of the government by unconstitutional and violent means, or obligation to contribute or render political services by employees.  For students, it does not include the ability to engage in activity that violates the rights of others or is otherwise unlawful.

Sexual orientation is the manner in which one's sexual attraction is directed, either towards members of the same sex, opposite sex, or both sexes.

Gender identity or expression means a gender-related identity or appearance of an individual regardless of the individual's assigned sex at birth.

Physical appearance means outward appearance of a person with regard to hair-style, facial hair, physical characteristics, or manner of dress.  It does not relate to a requirement of cleanliness, uniforms, or prescribed attire, when uniformly applied, for admittance to a public accommodation or to a class of employees.

Effective Date:  02/13/15