Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy

Ball State University is committed to the principles of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in education and employment. Further, the University is committed to the pursuit of excellence by prohibiting discrimination and being inclusive of individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, genetic information, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, or protected veteran status. This commitment enables the University to provide qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs on the basis of demonstrated ability without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program or job requirements involved. A complete text is available on the World Wide Web.

Anti-Nepotism Policy

It is the general policy of Ball State University not to employ, or to continue to employ, relatives on a regular or part-time or temporary basis within the same functional work unit or to have one relative under the direct supervision of another relative.  Students, graduate assistants, research assistants, and doctoral fellows employed by the university are covered under this policy.  The text of this policy can be found in Section 3.4.2 of the Handbook Nonexempt Staff Personnel (Pages 6 & 7) which is referenced by default in circumstances regarding persons working where the aforementioned conditions apply.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Ball State University will not tolerate harassment of students or employees or other agents of the university, and will respond in a suitable manner to every complaint. To assure the university is free of harassment in work and study; appropriate sanctions will be imposed on offenders over whom the university has jurisdiction. A complete text is available on the World Wide Web.

Drug Abuse Policy

Ball State University does not condone the inappropriate use of controlled substances by any individual employed by the university. Therefore, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance in university facilities that is a violation of federal or state laws is prohibited. Compliance with this policy is a condition of employment, and violations may be cause for disciplinary actions, which may include termination of employment. A complete text is available on the World Wide Web.

Policy Regarding Minors

All University employees, students, or volunteers participating in programs involving minors must comply with the requirements of the Ball State’s Policy Regarding Minors which includes an instructional video and Background Investigation Release form.

Information Technology Users Policy

Access to computing resources is a privilege, not a right, made available to all university faculty, staff, and students. Certain responsibilities accompany that privilege, and understanding them is important for all computer users. Users must comply with all federal, state, and local laws; all university policies; and all applicable contracts and licenses. A complete text is available on the World Wide Web.

A complete copy of Ball State's Computer Users' Privileges and Responsibilities Policy is available from Information Technology Services, RB 237, 765-285-8111.

Sexual Harassment Statement

Ball State University will not tolerate sexual harassment of students or employees by members of its faculty or staff, its students, or other agents of the university and will respond in a suitable manner to every complaint. To make a complaint, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, AD 335, 765-285-5162. A complete text is available on the World Wide Web.

Driving Privileges Policy

The safety of Ball State University's students, faculty, staff, and the public is a central concern to the University.  The Driving Privileges Policy governs the use of BSU's vehicles by applicable individuals and is designed to support safe and prudent use of BSU owned, leased and rented vehicles.  A complete text of the policy is available on the World Wide Web.

Smoking Policy

As of March 17, 2008, students and employees of Ball State University are subject to a $50 fine if caught smoking on campus outside of the 11 designated smoking areas. The designated areas are identified by signs and are located strategically throughout campus. A complete text is available on the World Wide Web.

Weapons Policy

Employees of Ball State University are prohibited from possessing or carrying weapons of any kind while on university property, regardless of whether they are licensed to carry the weapons or not. A complete text is available on the World Wide Web.