Office of Institutional Equity

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What We Do

Institutional Equity serves students, faculty and staff by leading the college's Title IX and Affirmative Action programs, ensuring compliance with state and federal civil rights laws.

Contact Information
  • placeRoberts Hall 301
Our Team

Margaret (Peggy) Lynch-Gadaleta, Esq.
Title IX Coordinator & Affirmative Action Officer

Pursuant to the philosophy of the Board of Education and the Council on Postsecondary Education, Rhode Island College prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or status as a special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Vietnam era veteran, or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.

Rhode Island College also prohibits all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

State employees, dependents and household members can receive FREE confidential assistance with personal and job-related problems through the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) Employee Assistance Program (EAP) administered by Beacon Health Options (Beacon). Trained specialists provide professional assistance and referrals to local experts to help you navigate through life's little and big challenges.

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Affirmative Action

The Affirmative Action program (AA) ensures the college’s commitment and responsibility toward matters concerning equitable treatment and opportunity.

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Title IX

The Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints alleging any action that would be prohibited by Title IX.

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Bias Incident Response

Rhode Island College’s Office of Institutional Equity enforces the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, marital, citizenship status or veteran status.

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ADA Accommodations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, employees with either permanent or temporary health conditions and/or disabilities may find that they are in need of a work related accommodation. Employees have the right to request an accommodation. View the procedure for self-identifying and how to make the request for an accommodation.


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H.O.P.E. Team

To support student success and retention through outreach to students of concern attending Rhode Island College.