Although The College Music Society welcomes advertising from all institutions of higher learning in the United States, CMS will not include an advertisement in the Music Vacancy List that contains, in the discretion of CMS, a statement of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, even if such a statement reflects an institution's stated employment hiring practices. Statements of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, and gender are prohibited by federal and many state and local laws. Although statements of discrimination concerning religion may not violate federal laws, they may violate state and local laws in certain localities in which the Music Vacancy List is distributed. Therefore, The College Music Society will not include such statements in advertisements contained in the Music Vacancy List.
To assist potential applicants in determining whether an institution may be right for them, religious institutions are welcome to (1) state the nature of their historical affiliations as clearly as possible and (2) encourage applicants to request a full list of requirements before applying.
Advertising practices and restrictions are a continually evolving area of federal, state, and local law. The College Music Society welcomes dialogue concerning this issue from its members, as well as from the institutions and faculty that comprise the American higher education community.