EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY STATEMENT
This college is committed to delivering a quality service by seeking to eliminate discrimination and promoting equal opportunities for all, in line with national legislation.
Our Policy recognises that all individuals are different and have different needs. It confirms however that all members of the College community are of equal value irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, ability, disability, learning difficulty, social background, sexual orientation, religion, belief or any other perceived difference. All are entitled to be treated fairly and without prejudice in every aspect of college life.
The College deplores all forms of discrimination, victimisation and harassment. In its various roles as an employer, as a provider of education, and as a provider of goods and services, City of London College commits itself to working towards equality of opportunity. In particular, the College will:
- Comply with all legislation and statutory regulations designed to promote equality, notably
RACE RELATIONS ACT 1976
DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 1996
RACE RELATIONS (AMENDMENT) ACT 2000
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS & DISABILITY ACT 2001
- State unequivocally in all publicity materials our philosophy as an “open access” college, and our commitment to equality of opportunity.
- Publish, and keep under ongoing review, a College Charter which sets out what those using the College can expect in terms of facilities, service standards, a clear procedure for complaints, and the performance indicators we use to monitor progress towards equality of opportunity.
- Publish, and keep under ongoing review, a Student Handbook, which contains a stated commitment to equal opportunities, and a procedure in cases where the principles of equality are not being followed.
- Establish, and make known to all students, appropriate Codes of Conduct which set out behaviours which the College finds unacceptable because they undermine the principles of equal opportunities, and the disciplinary procedures used against those contravening this Code.
- Establish, and make known to staff, a Grievance & Disciplinary Procedure which highlights behaviours in breach of equality principles, the procedure to be followed by those who feel they are a victim of discrimination or harassment, and the actions the College will take in such circumstances.
- Publish, and update each year, a Disability Statement giving details of the facilities and services available to those with a recognised physical or mental impairment, and the adjustments which the College will make to maximise their opportunities.
- Promote positive images of minority and disadvantaged groups within the College curriculum, and within all College learning and promotional materials.
- Maintain accurate records relating to staff and students for use in monitoring the effectiveness of this policy, and to make these central to our quality assurance work. In particular, information on variables such as applications, admissions, attendance, retention, achievements and destinations will be collected, analysed and published within the College.
- Undertake annual Staff & Student Surveys, with questionnaire items designed specifically to measure perceptions of the effectiveness of our policies and procedures in this area.
- Monitor, evaluate and review all College policies and procedures relating to equality of opportunity and its promotion on an ongoing basis.