Because discriminatory harassment interferes with the Seminary educational mission and may be unlawful, anyone who becomes aware of discrimination or discriminatory harassment committed by a member of the faculty, staff, administration, student body, a vendor, a contractor, guest or patron on campus, is encouraged to report the harassment to the Title VI coordinator. Seminary faculty, administrators and supervisors are to immediately report any employment complaints they receive or incidents of discrimination or discriminatory harassment they witness to one of the following outlets:

The Reverend Dr. Victor Aloyo, Jr.

Chief Diversity Administrator and Director of Multicultural Relations

Title VI & IX Coordinator

Princeton Theological Seminary

201 Templeton Hall

609-688-1943

TitleIX.Coordinator@ptsem.edu.

 

The Reverend Dr. Catherine Cook Davis

Associate Dean of Student Life

Deputy Title VI & IX Coordinator

Princeton Theological Seminary

204 Templeton Hall

609-497-7882

catherine.davis@ptsem.edu

Campus Conduct Hotline

866-943-5787

 

VIII.    Reporting Procedures
Informal Complaint Procedures

  1. Guidance and Counseling

    The Seminary has identified and trained certain individuals for those who wish to approach a knowledgeable person for advice or to solicit feedback regarding their interpretation of events. Students who wish to take advantage of this option may contact the Title VI Coordinator, the Deputy Title VI Coordinator and/or any Mediation Advocate.

    • Confidential Sanctuary Reporting

      The Seminary has identified two individuals with whom those who wish to discuss a situation with complete confidentiality may approach to discuss issues, both related to this policy and otherwise. These “Sanctuary Confidants” are Nancy Schongalla-Bowman, Director of Student Counseling, and Janice Smith Ammon, Bryant M. Kirkland Minister of the Chapel. Any discussion between an individual and a Sanctuary Confidant will be kept confidential, but will not be considered a complaint or a report under any provision of this Non-Discrimination Policy. Accordingly, any individual who wishes to commence a procedure under this policy should follow the procedures outlined herein notwithstanding any discussions or contact with a Sanctuary Confidant.

  2. Mediation and Reconciliation
    Students may choose to resolve their complaints through mediation by the Office of Multicultural Relations, the Office of Student Relations and Senior Placement, or the Office of Student Counseling. Mediation is an informal, voluntary, and confidential process whereby parties can participate in a search for a fair and workable solution.

Formal Complaint Procedures

  1. Confidentiality

    All activities under these procedures shall be conducted with due regard for any legitimate privacy and reputational interests of those involved. It is expected that any materials and information prepared or acquired under these procedures will be shared only with those who have a legitimate need to know. Disclosure of such information may also be made if it is permitted by law and the Title VI Coordinator, a Mediation Advocate and/or the Chair of the Non-Discrimination Hearing Panel determines in his or her judgment: (1) that such disclosure is necessary to protect the health, safety, or well-being of members of the Princeton Theological Seminary community; or (2) that such disclosure advances the interests of those involved in the process and/or the Seminary and outweighs the interest in confidentiality. While the individual who is handling a claim under these policies will take into account any requests made by a complainant for confidentiality or that a grievance not be investigated, said individual must take appropriate steps to respond to the grievance consistent with the requirements of Title VI and the law. Accordingly, while the Seminary will take all reasonable steps to protect anonymity and confidentiality, it cannot, and does not, guarantee that all claims and details of such claims will be kept completely confidential.

  2. Disciplinary Actions

    If it is determined that discrimination has occurred, the Seminary will take appropriate disciplinary action. An employee found to have engaged in misconduct constituting discrimination will be disciplined. Disciplinary actions could include: verbal warning, written reprimand, a requirement to attend counseling or training, suspension, or dismissal. A student found to have engaged in misconduct constituting discrimination will be disciplined, which in practice may take various forms, including, without limitation, verbal warning, written reprimand, a requirement to attend counseling or training, suspension or dismissal.

  3. Off-Campus Vendor
    Further, if a Princeton Seminary student is discriminated against by an off-campus vendor, the aggrieved party is encouraged to report the misconduct to the Office of the Dean of Student Life. If a Princeton Seminary employee is discriminated against by an off-campus vendor, the aggrieved party is encouraged to report the misconduct to the Office of Human Resources. If a Princeton Seminary faculty member is discriminated against by an off-campus vendor, the aggrieved party is encouraged to report the misconduct to the Associate Dean of Curricula and Director of Academic Administration. All of these parties are required to inform the Title VI Coordinator of an incident and may consult him/her in pursuing appropriate mediation and/or adjudication.

IX. Responsibilities
Each dean, department chairperson, and/or administrative supervisor is responsible within his/her respective area for the implementation, dissemination, and explanation of this policy. Assistance in accomplishing these tasks may be obtained by contacting the Office of Multicultural Relations and/or the Seminary’s General Council. It is the obligation of each student, faculty member, and staff member to adhere to this policy. This policy applies to all employees and applicants for employment, students, and individuals who have a contractual relationship with Princeton Theological Seminary, including, but not limited to, vendors and contractors.