HR / Labor Relations
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Equal Opportunity: Access, Employment and Fair Treatment in the State University of New York
June 30, 1971
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It is the policy of the State University of New York (University) that no discrimination against or harassment of individuals will occur on any of the campuses or in the programs or activities of the University. Furthermore, the University provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons; prohibits discrimination in employment; and promotes 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.
It is the policy of the State University of New York (University) that no discrimination against or harassment of individuals will occur on any of the campuses or in the programs or activities of the University. All judgments about and actions toward students and employees will be based on their qualifications, abilities, and performance. Attitudes, practices, and preferences of individuals that are essentially personal in nature, such as private expression or sexual orientation, are unrelated to performance and provide no basis for judgment. All University campuses are expected to take appropriate action to implement this policy of fair treatment.
A. It is the policy of the University 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:
1. applies to all persons without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification, sexual orientation, military status, disability, or marital status;
3. governs all University policies, practices, and actions including but not necessarily 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;
5. expects each contractor, supplier, union, public agency or cooperative agent to support this policy by complying with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.
2. Committing staff and support necessary to make effective equal employment policies and programs of the University. University-wide liaison and leadership in equal employment opportunity shall be effected through a member of the chancellor's staff. Campus liaison and leadership shall be effected through a member of the president's staff. The liaison and leadership function will embrace such activities as:
C. The University affirms its right to take appropriate action if it, or other duly constituted authority, should determine that applicable federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and regulations have been violated, or that the effect and intent of this policy has been willfully or habitually abrogated.
A. It is the policy of the University to ensure fair treatment to all individuals, including students, consistent with federal and state law. Accordingly, harassment based on sex or other protected characteristics is prohibited in all areas of the University activity and programs.
Sexual harassment – Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment; (2) submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
Harassment on the Basis of Protected Characteristic(s) other than Sex/Gender – harassment based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics is oral, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual's protected characteristics that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the educational institution’s programs or activities.
Sexual Harassment in the Educational Setting – unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment of a student denies or limits, on the basis of sex, the student’s ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities in the educational institution’s program.
There are no forms relevant to this policy.
State University of New York Board of Trustees 83 - 216, adopted October 26, 1983.
State University of New York Board of Trustees Resolution 71-202, adopted June 30, 1971 supplemented by statement of Chancellor R.L. King March 14, 2003.
Memorandum to presidents from the offices of the vice chancellor for employee relations and educational services and the University counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs dated February 4, 1985 outlined office of employee relations’ (OER) memorandum and the final version of the “Policy, Guidelines, and Procedures for Executive Order No. 28.”
Memorandum to presidents from the office the University counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs dated July 18, 1984 informed campuses that the office of employee relations (OER), as directed by Executive Order No.28, had established guidelines and procedures for the investigation of complaints of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Memorandum to presidents from the offices of the vice chancellor for employee relations and educational services and the University counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs dated February 24, 1984 regarding nondiscrimination policy relating to sexual orientation.
Memorandum to presidents from the office of the executive vice chancellor dated December 21, 1983 regarding new Executive Orders No. 17 and 19 on the “Conduct of State Business in Private Establishments and on Sexual Harassment.”
On October 26, 1983, the Board of Trustees adopted Resolution 83 - 216, which reaffirmed the University’s non-discrimination and harassment policy and required fair treatment without regard to personal preferences.
Memorandum to presidents from the offices of University counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs and assistant vice chancellor for affirmative action dated January 12, 1981 regarding final guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) dealing with sexual harassment.
Memorandum to presidents from the offices of University counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs dated June 21, 1977 regarding “Non-discrimination on the Basis of Handicap.” Information was provided about the Department of Health, Education and Welfare regulation issued pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 governing nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap (45 CFR Part 84; 42 Fed. Reg. 22676), which was effective June 3, 1977.
Memorandum to presidents from the office of the acting deputy to the chancellor for community colleges dated June 5, 1973, regarding Equal Employment Information. Presidents were invited to supply the University with the name of a staff member to receive equal employment opportunity memoranda and bulletins for reference and information only.
University Board of Trustees Resolution 71-202, adopted June 30, 1971 outlined the University’s policy on equal employment opportunity and designated the chancellor to take all steps necessary and proper to promulgate and implement this policy
There are no appendices relevant to this policy.