Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 16, 1996

For The Record:

Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination Statement For Students

The university has adopted the following two statements of its nondiscrimination policy for inclusion in all publications distributed to students, including the catalogs and applications of the various divisions. These reflect several changes since these policy statements were published in the Administrative Bulletin in January 1994.

First, "age" has been added as one of the categories specifically protected under the policy.

Second, specific reference has been made to "employment" in the policy statements.

Third, specific reference has been made to the conflict between university policy and Defense Department policy on ROTC programs.

Finally, as of January 1996, the word "homosexuality" has been replaced with the term "sexual orientation."

The following is the statement to be included in all catalogs and longer publications:

The Johns Hopkins University admits students of any race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status to all of the rights, privileges, programs, benefits and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in any program or activity, including the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other university-administered programs or in employment. Accordingly, the university does not take into consideration personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

Questions regarding access to programs following Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 should be referred to Yvonne M. Th‚odore, affirmative action officer for the university, who is responsible for the coordination of equal opportunity programs, 205 Garland Hall, (410) 516-8075.

Policy on the Reserve Officer Training Corps

Present Department of Defense policy governing participation in university-based ROTC programs discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation. Such discrimination is inconsistent with the Johns Hopkins University nondiscrimination policy.

Because ROTC is a valuable component of the university that provides an opportunity for many students to afford a Hopkins education, to train for a career and to become positive forces in the military, the university, after careful study, has decided to continue the ROTC program and to encourage a change in federal policy that brings it into conformity with the university's policy.

The following statement may be used for applications, brochures and other publications in which, because of space limitations, a shorter version of the policy statement is necessary.

The Johns Hopkins University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in any student program or activity administered by the university or with regard to admission or employment. Defense Department discrimination in ROTC programs on the basis of sexual orientation conflicts with this university policy. The university is committed to encouraging a change in the Defense Department policy.

Questions regarding Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 should be referred to Yvonne M. Th‚odore, affirmative action officer, 205 Garland Hall, (410) 516-8075.

Reserved Parking For Disabled People On Homewood Campus

In response to the American Disabilities Act, the university has adopted the following series of regulations regarding permit parking for those with disabilities.

The university provides designated parking for disabled students, faculty and staff. Generally, it issues special disabled parking permits to persons who are ambulatorily disabled. Disabled members of the Homewood community are issued special university permits only if they participate in the campus paid parking system and provide appropriate documentation. Members of the university community who are disabled and require special parking are advised to comply with the following procedures.

By adhering to these procedures, the Homewood campus can provide and monitor parking for persons who qualify for and require special parking accommodation. Should the university administration discover the permit holder has obtained the disabled permit through misrepresentation, is willfully improperly using the permit or otherwise abusing the disabled parking privileges, the disabled parking permit will be revoked prior to its expiration date, and the holder will be subject to a fine as stated in the published Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus Parking and Traffic Regulations. Individual copies of these regulations or maps with designated parking areas can be obtained from the Homewood Parking Office by calling 516-PARK.

The Homewood campus provides special parking registration for faculty, students and staff who:

    1) are themselves disabled;
    2) are registered in the Homewood paid parking system;
    3) have a Maryland Department of Transportation Disabled Person's Permit (hang-tag or license plate).

Disabled registrants may park in those spaces designated as disabled parking by the international symbol or at open metered spaces throughout the campus. The Parking Office issues the special disabled parking permits, and proper usage is monitored by the Office of Security, which enforces the campus parking regulations. This permit is not transferable and must be displayed on the driver's side dashboard. The following procedures have been implemented to minimize the potential for abuse, to provide satisfactory proof that the member of the Johns Hopkins University paid parking system is disabled and to assist university administration in monitoring the adequacy of the Homewood campus disabled parking facilities.


Registrants who require a permanent Johns Hopkins University disabled parking permit must submit to the Parking Office a copy of form VR-210, Maryland Department of Transportation Certification for Disabled Person Permit, plates or similar out-of-state permit/plates; and certification of his/her specific disability from a medical doctor. Upon review by the university administration, the Parking Office will issue to persons who meet the above requirements, a Johns Hopkins University disabled parking permit, signed by the director of Security. This permit displays the permit number, plate/tag number, medical certification number and expiration date of the permit, and it verifies that the holder meets the Johns Hopkins University-Homewood campus requirements for disabled parking. The Parking Office is located in 16 Shriver Hall; their phone number is 516-7275.


University registrants requiring a temporary ambulatory disabled permit must submit medical certification of the disability and its duration to the Parking Office. Should the registrant possess a Maryland Department of Transportation Temporary Disabled Permit, a copy of the form VR-210, Certification for Disabled Persons, should be included with the medical doctor's certification. This documentation will be reviewed by the university administration, and upon approval, the Parking Office will issue a temporary disabled permit signed by the director of Security showing the appropriate expiration date. This permit must be placed on the driver's side dashboard and will enable the registrant to park at any meter. Extensions of temporary disabled permits will be granted upon reapplication in following the above procedures.

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