Diversity and Harassment Prevention Policy

Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008), New England Culinary Institute must provide information about the student body diversity, including the percentage of enrolled, full-time students in the following categories:

  • gender
  • self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group
  • Federal Pell Grant recipients

Student Body Diversity 2014-2015

Total Enrollment 422
Female 190
Male 232
Race/ethnic subgroups
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Black or African American 4%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Nonresident Alien 1%
Race or ethnicity unknown 11%
Two or more races 1%
White 74%
Financial Aid Status
Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant 31%


NECI values diversity in its student body and believes that the creation and encouragement of a diverse learning environment is essential to achieving NECI's educational mission. At NECI, we are committed to providing a supportive educational environment in which the dignity and rights of each individual are respected. We encourage positive interactions among faculty, staff, and students, and value all individuals, regardless of personal differences.

NECI is dedicated to supporting each individual student, as well as a variety of student organizations, programs, and services that promote acceptance within our student population and the greater NECI community. NECI also encourages students to engage in and promote student-run activities, outings, and groups; we strive to provide inclusive opportunities and environments that foster an appreciation for diversity. Additionally, we continually strive to focus on the understanding of diversity and how it impacts our student body.

NECI embraces a diverse student body and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

It is the policy of New England Culinary Institute to create a diverse educational environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment. NECI will not tolerate any form of harassment. Harassment is any systematic or continued threat or act that interferes with a student's education or creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment because of his or her race, age, ethnic background, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. Harassment may result in dismissal and/or removal from the NECI campus or residence halls.

Harassment can be verbal or physical. There are two fundamental types of harassment. The first is called "hostile environment." A hostile environment is created when a person is so bothered by continual acts of harassment that he/she cannot learn, work, or function effectively in class, in student housing, on campus, on externship, or on the job. The second is called "quid pro quo," meaning "something for something." This can occur when one person offers another something of value-such as a better grade or a promotion-in return for a favor, usually sexual. Sexual harassment is an unlawful form of sexual discrimination.

Harassment can include, but is not limited to, inappropriate put-downs of individual persons or classes of people, off-color jokes, ridicule, unwelcome sexual flirtations, unwanted touching, and serious physical abuse, including rape. It is coercive and threatening; it creates an atmosphere that is not conducive to teaching, learning, and working. No form of harassment is acceptable at NECI.

Any student who feels that he/she is being harassed should follow the same principles listed in the Grievance and Complaint Procedures section below to end the harassment. First, the student should tell the person who is harassing him or her to stop the behavior. If this does not resolve the situation, students should report incidents of harassment immediately to the appropriate faculty or staff member, following the Grievance Procedure, for informal resolution.  If this is not possible due to circumstances, students should report incidents needing immediate resolution to a student support staff member. This includes situations that may arise between two or more students. Response to a complaint will occur within 48 hours from the time of notification. Steps will be taken to ensure that no further harassment or retaliation occurs to the individual(s) being harassed.

Any student named in a harassment complaint who retaliates against another person who is also involved will be considered to have committed another extremely serious offense. Retaliation may lead to immediate suspension or dismissal.

Written records will be kept and precautions taken to protect the privacy of all parties. The faculty endorses a strong policy prohibiting harassment. Periodic in-service programs are presented to help all members of the community recognize and discourage harassment, including a seminar which students participate in during their first residency.