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Office of Affirmative Action
Policies and Laws

 

As a liberal arts college supported by public funds, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, is committed to serving New York residents, including a large, diverse student population whose varying interests and needs reflect the complex concerns of contemporary society.

Part of the College's mission is to educate students in the liberal arts and professions, foster an understanding of global interdependence and cultural diversity, and encourage post-graduate studies and lifelong learning.

The College's structure and curriculum meet the need for readily accessible, quality higher education for all citizens of New York who are intellectually qualified, while also attracting students from other states and foreign countries. Therefore, it serves students from a wide range of ages, interest, preparation, and backgrounds.

The College seeks well-motivated students and strives to provide a campus environment conducive to learning and one which provides equal opportunity for all.

The College at Brockport Statement of Nondiscrimination

The College at Brockport, State University of New York is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The college is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the college community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The College's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Christa Aldrich, Interim Assistant Affirmative Action Officer, 419 Allen Building, 350 New Campus Drive, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY 14420; Tel. (585) 395-2109; email affirm@brockport.edu. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005- 2500; Tel. (646) 428-3800; Email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity


The State University Board of Trustees declared the University's long-standing intent and position in an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy adopted unanimously by the Trustees on June 30, 1971, as follows:

         "Resolved that the statement entitled 'Equal Employment Opportunity in State University of New York' as set forth below, be and hereby is, adopted as the policy of State University on Equal Employment; and the Chancellor, or his designee be, and hereby is, authorized and directed to take all steps necessary and proper to promulgate and implement said policy."
  The State University of New York, in recognition of its educational mission, its social concern, its responsibility for the personal development of individuals, and its concern for the rights of the individual, does hereby express and establish this University Policy of Equal Employment Opportunity.

It is the policy of the State University of New York to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive continuing program for the University as a whole and for each constituent unit of the University.  This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity:

a. Applies to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender (except when gender is a bona fide occupational qualification), sexual orientation, actual or percieved gender identification, marital status, disability, and Vietnam-era veteran status.

b. Applies equally to all job classifications and titles in the State University and to all types of appointments under University jurisdiction, whether full-time or part-time.

c. Governs all University employment policies, practices and actions including, but not necessarily limited to:  recruitment, employment, rate of pay or other compensation, advancement, upgrading, promotion, demotion, renewal, non-renewal, termination, transfer, layoff, leave, training, and employee benefits of whatever nature.

d. Applies to all State University organizational units.

e. Expects each contractor, supplier, union, public agency, or their cooperative agent to support this policy by complying with all applicable state and federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws and regulations.
 

Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Affirmative Action Compliance Plan, in full compliance with:
  • State University of New York Equal Employment Opportunity Policy,
  • Policies of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, and
  • Chancellor's (State University of New York) "Guidelines for Monitoring Individual Appointments"  (Memorandum to Presidents dated February 14, 1974),
includes the following Affirmative Action-Equal Employment Opportunity Policy on Nondiscrimination:

a. Prohibits discrimination in any and all employment and in any and all employment opportunities.

b. Forbids distinctions made on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender itdentification, marital status, physical disability, and status of Vietnam-era, special disabled, recently separated, or other protected veteran where such distinctions discourage the initial selection of students and employees, or affect their treatment as members of the College community.

c. With reference to faculty and staff, specific conduct of recruitment, initial appointment, promotions, performance evaluations, tenure awards, consideration of salary and wages, sabbaticals and other leaves, and terminations, shall be free from discrimination.

 d. Discriminatory acts shall be prohibited in the conduct of College services for students as such services affect housing, employment, financial aid, admissions, advisement, counseling, placement, academic progress, scholarships and awards, and program activities.

Consensual Relationship Policy

It is the sense of the Faculty Senate that it is inappropriate for a member of the faculty/staff to engage in consensual romantic or sexual relations with any student over whom he/she holds a position of authority with regard to academic or administrative judgments or decisions.


Policy Dissemination and Implementation

Direct steps are taken to achieve wide distribution of the policy statements included in this document, and to articulate the premise of the College's commitment that the corrosive social effects of systematic exclusion, inattention and overt discrimination cannot be stemmed by a posture of neutrality with respect to ethnicity, race, color, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender identification, religion, national origin, disability, status of Vietnam-era, special disabled, recently separated, or other protected veteran.

External dissemination

a. The policies of the College will be published from time to time in all local and regional newspapers.


b. As often as opportunity allows, affirmative statements should be published with elements of the policy statements on equal employment opportunity and programmatic efforts made to encourage women, ethnic minorities, status of Vietnam-era, special disabled, recently separated, or other protected veteran, and individuals with disabilities to apply for vacant positions.

c. All vacancy announcements and ads will state that The College at Brockport, State University of New York is an "Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer."

d. Sub-contractors, vendors and suppliers will receive information setting out the policy of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employment, with indications that cooperation and support are expected.

e. Agreements with unions representing College employees will contain Equal Employment/Affirmative Action clauses.

f. The statement of policy will be prominently displayed in public places at the College and will be inserted in all appropriate College publications.

g. A copy of the current Affirmative Action Compliance Plan containing gross statistical information will be available in the reference section of the library to provide for public access.

Internal dissemination

The policies of the College and the procedures to be followed to put the policies into effect will be disseminated to all deans, directors, departmental chairpersons and all others concerned with selection and promotion of College personnel.

In addition:
a. The Faculty/Staff Handbook will carry the policy statement.

b. Institutional newspapers, magazines, newsletters, SUNY Brockport radio, and other media will at different times publicize the policy and the results of the implementation of the policy.

c. At periodic administrative conferences for college employees, the policy of the College will be further explained and the results of efforts reported and analyzed.

d. The policy will be posted on all bulletin boards on the campus.

e. The policy of the College with respect to equal opportunity for students in housing, financial aid, curriculum, use of College facilities, etc., will be published in the Stylus at the beginning of each academic year.

f. A reference copy of the Affirmative Action Compliance Plan will be on file in the Office of Affirmative Action, in the President's Office, each vice president's office, each dean and director's office, on the Internet, and in Drake Memorial Library.