Welcome Statement and Non-Discrimination Policy

Central College values the promotion of humility, kindness, and hospitality to create a community of respect, integrity and dignity that welcomes all people. Central College is committed to fostering an environment of belonging on campus in a community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to supporting and advancing the mission and vision of the college.

We commit to a process of actualizing our vision, mission, and values as we promote skills and values essential to becoming responsible and engaged citizens in local, national, and international communities. Further, we seek opportunities to experience and appreciate cultures and perspectives present on campus, in the United States, and the world, recognizing the necessity to relate knowledgeably and sensitively in an increasingly complex environment where diversity in all its forms is to be valued and equity of treatment expected.

Central embraces and supports students, faculty and staff from all spiritual perspectives or backgrounds who endorse the values of acceptance, mutual respect, justice, generosity, compassion, forgiveness, and service to others. We aspire to be a community whose members act with consideration for the physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional well-being of others. We seek to create mutually respectful interactions and positive meaning in relationships with persons of every ethnicity, race, national origin, ancestry, color, socio-economic class, creed, religion, philosophical belief, marital status, disability, physical appearance, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, and organizational affiliation.

The primary business of the college is to provide a liberal arts education with a free, open, and civil exchange of ideas which do not cross the line of harassment and discrimination. The application of the college’s harassment and nondiscrimination policy will be upheld. The application of this policy should always be made with consideration of how best to preserve the free, open, and civil exchange of ideas to foster the education of all, while at the same time protecting the legal rights of individuals.

With due regard for the principles of freedom of expression and academic freedom, Central’s expectation and policies seek to encourage attitudes of civility necessary for meaningful exchanges between people. All members of the college community are responsible for creating an atmosphere that fosters openness and mutual respect.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additionally, the College prohibits discrimination in employment, admissions, and its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, disability, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, genetic information (for employees), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Central College abides by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits sex-based discrimination in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title IX states that:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

More Information

Inquiries about Title IX, including complaints about harassment or discrimination, may be directed to the Central College Title IX Coordinator and/or the Office for Civil Rights within the United States Department of Education.

Jill Anderson

Title IX Coordinator
Central Hall
812 University Avenue
Pella, IA  50219

Office for Civil Rights

Regional #5 Office
500 West Madison, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661