Academic Policies and Procedures » Affirmative Action - Non-Discrimination/Non-Harassment
The State University of New York at New Paltz values diversity of thought, expression, and experience and is committed to providing an employment and educational environment that models equity, inclusion and respectful exchange of ideas. The College recognizes that the creation or application of standards that adversely impact the equity of educational or employment opportunities, rights or benefits is detrimental to its vision.
Therefore, in compliance with federal and state laws, harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status is prohibited. Remaining an employer of choice as well as a dynamic learning environment is the responsibility of every member of the campus community. We must engage in behavior and decisions that comply with both the letter and spirit of the law.
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 Tanhena Pacheco Dunn, HAB 602A or 257-3172. 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.
The reporting and complaint procedure for the review of allegations of unlawful harassment, discrimination and sexual violence provides a mechanism through which New Paltz may identify, respond to and prevent conduct of this kind. The College recognizes and accepts its responsibility in this regard and believes that the establishment of this internal, non-adversarial complaint process will benefit student, faculty, staff and administration, permitting equitable investigation and resolution of concerns that are brought forth.