Non-Discrimination Policy

Non-Discrimination Policy

SUNY Oswego values the contributions to learning for its members that result from maintaining a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. SUNY Oswego will comply with all applicable equal employment opportunity / non-discrimination laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics (including an individual's ancestry, country of origin, or country of origin of parents, family members, or ancestors), military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

The goal of SUNY Oswego is to nurture members’ abilities and capacities for appreciation of living and working together in a diverse learning environment. Members must not expose others to discriminatory acts of any form. 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 based upon a protected characteristic.

Harassment based on any protected characteristic 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, or terms, conditions or status of employment is prohibited.

Additionally, Federal law prohibits retaliation. Adverse action taken against any individual who files a complaint, or who assists or participates in any manner in an investigation process, or hearing, is against the law. Members of the campus community who experience retaliation should contact the Affirmative Action Officer or Title IX Coordinator, as appropriate. 

Reporting

Members of the college community who experience or observe discrimination should immediately report their experience or observation to:

Dr. Mary C. Toale
Affirmative Action Officer
President’s Office
708 Culkin Hall
mary.toale@oswego.edu
(315) 312-2213 

TITLE IX

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for monitoring overall Title IX implementation for the institution and coordinating compliance with all areas and departments covered under Title IX and other laws that regulate prevention and response to sexual and interpersonal violence.  The Title IX Coordinator will meet with the complainant to explain the available options and processes and investigate the complaint. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the Office of Civil Rights. If the Institution’s Title IX Coordinator finds an Auxiliary Services employee in violation of this policy, Management reserves the right to terminate employment. 

Reporting

Members of the college community who experience or observe sexual or interpersonal violence should immediately report their experience or observation to:

Lisa Evaneski
Title IX Coordinator
405 Culkin Hall
lisa.evaneski@oswego.edu
(315) 312-5604 

Members of the college community may file a complaint as directed above and/or with the Office of Civil Rights, using OCR’s online complaint form, or via mail:

Office for Civil Rights
New York Office
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone:  (646) 428-3800
Fax:  (646) 428-3843
E-mail:  OCR.NewYork@ed.gov

Reports of discrimination that happen off campus may also be reported to the college or to the OCR.

Pursuant to State University of New York policy, SUNY Oswego’s Non-Discrimination Policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment including 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.

Federal Legislation

Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 1973
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972
Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments

New York Legislation

New York State Human Rights Law
Governor’s Executive Order 40.1 (1980)
State University of New York Board of Trustees 

More information available in SUNY Oswego's Complaint Procedure for the Review of Allegations of Unlawful Discrimination

Revised 1/31/2020