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Diversity, Equity and Belonging

A Focus on Regulatory Compliance: Equal Opportunities in Education, Employment and Patient Care

Penn State College of Medicine’s policies are based on those of Penn State University and are designed to advance the commitment to equal opportunity in education, employment and patient care.

  • Policy GP24 provides guidance for focused diversity recruitment and retention activities at the College of Medicine.
  • Policy AD91 prohibits discrimination and harassment based on a protected aspect of diversity.
  • Policy AD85 prohibits sex and/or gender based harassment and misconduct.
  • Policy AD84 provides guidance on the establishment of a preferred name and/or gender identity.
  • Policy AD69 provides guidance to ensure that people with disabilities have an opportunity equal to that of their nondisabled peers to participate in the University's programs, benefits and services, including those delivered through electronic and information technology.
  • Policy PC33HAM: Patient Rights and Responsibilities, provides that representatives of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center cannot discriminate against patients or their family members based on areas protected by federal and local law, such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. The policy also provides that patients, their family members and their visitors cannot discrimination against medical center employees.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The College of Medicine Disability Services work with graduate and medical students with documented disabilities. In order to provide students with disabilities every educational opportunity, disability services will make reasonable accommodations in accordance with Section 504 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure full academic involvement while attending Penn State College of Medicine.

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The Penn State College of Medicine is committed to serving students of all backgrounds and abilities. Out of that commitment, the College serves students who request reasonable accommodations (including academic accommodations) due to a diagnosed disability. If you are working with a student who you believe may benefit from discussing possible accommodations, please provide the student with information about the College of Medicine’s Office for Student Disability Services: disabilityservices@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717-531-3033. Students will have the opportunity to discuss application for accommodations and associated questions. Any concerns about requested or approved accommodations should first be addressed by having the student contact the Office for Student Disability Services. Students and employees may also directly access the University’s updated and revised 504 Grievance Procedure or contact the University’s ADA/504 Coordinator at adainfo@psu.edu.

More Resources

Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education
Office for a respectful learning environment
Faculty resources on diversity

Reporting experiences of Bias

How to report