SUNY PP Home Page   Print Page   Close Page   Convert current file into a PDF document   Convert current file into a DOC document



Category:
HR / Labor Relations
Legal and Compliance
Student Affairs



Responsible Office:

Policy Title:
Equal Opportunity: Access, Employment and Fair Treatment in the State University of New York

Document Number:
6502

Effective Date:
June 30, 1971


This policy item applies to:
State-Operated Campuses
Table of Contents
Summary

Policy
Definitions
Other Related Information
Procedures
Forms
Authority
History
Appendices


Summary

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.


Policy

I. Access and Fair Treatment

       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.

II. Employment

   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:

B.  Full and continuing realization of this policy in the University shall be undertaken by:

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.

III. Sexual Harassment and Harassment Based on Other Protected Characteristics

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.

B.   Employees and students who believe they have been victims of harassment may use the University’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure for review of their allegations.


Definitions

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.

Sexual Harassment in the Employment Setting – unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when any of the following occurs:


Other Related Information

Discrimination Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Procedures

Discrimination Complaint Procedure


Forms

There are no forms relevant to this policy.


Authority

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.


History

Governor Eliot Spitzer repealed Executive Orders No. 33 (1996), No. 96 (1987), No. 19 (1983), and No. 6 (1983) on January 1, 2007.

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.

Memorandum to presidents from the office of the chancellor dated April 26, 1973, regarding the distribution and implementation of State University’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan.

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


Appendices

There are no appendices relevant to this policy.