Office of Diversity and Compliance

Hunter is committed to a policy of equal employment and equal access in its educational programs and activities. Diversity, inclusion, and an environment free from discrimination are central to our mission.

It is the policy of Hunter to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees (including paid and unpaid interns) and to admit and provide services for students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, unemployment status, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state and city laws.

It is also the Hunter's policy to provide reasonable accommodations when appropriate to individuals with disabilities, individuals observing religious practices, employees who have pregnancy or childbirth-related medical conditions, or employees who are victims of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses.

This Policy also prohibits retaliation for reporting or opposing discrimination, or cooperating with an investigation of a discrimination complaint.

Questions or concerns may be forwarded to the Office of Diversity and Compliance.

Dean John T. Rose is the College’s Dean for Diversity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator.

The Office of Diversity and Compliance supports and enhances Hunter College's commitment to diversity, providing expert advice and leadership to departments, faculty and staff in their efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and ensure an environment free from discrimination and harassment.

Office of Diversity and Compliance
E1700
212-772-4242
john.rose@hunter.cuny.edu


SEARCHES
RECRUITMENT AND SEARCH GUIDE
CUNY SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY
CUNY EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND NON DISCRIMINATION POLICY
HAVEN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PREVENTION ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM
HARASSMENT
RACIAL HARASSMENT
TITLE IX
ADA/504
INFORMAL INQUIRIES OR REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION
RESOLUTION OF COMPLAINTS
CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT
RETALIATION
HUNTER COLLEGE FACULTY DIVERSITY STRATEGIC PLAN NARRATIVE
HUNTER COLLEGE FACULTY DIVERSITY STRATEGIC PLAN-ACTION PLAN CHART


SEARCHES

Hunter College, as part of the City University of New York, has important procedures in place to enhance diversity in its workforce. Departments seeking to begin the search process should contact:

Lily Esposito, Coordinator
Office of Diversity and Compliance
E1708
Phone: 212-396-6662
Email: lesposi@hunter.cuny.edu

or

Lincoln Tracy, Coordinator
Office of Diversity and Compliance
E1708
Phone: 212-650-3597
Email: lincoln.tracy@hunter.cuny.edu

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Policy Statement

Every member of The City University of New York community, including students, employees and visitors, deserves the opportunity to live, learn and work free from sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence. Accordingly, CUNY is committed to:

  1. Defining conduct that constitutes prohibited sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence;
  2. Providing clear guidelines for students, employees and visitors on how to report incidents of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence and a commitment that any complaints will be handled respectfully;
  3. Promptly responding to and investigating allegations of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence, pursuing disciplinary action when appropriate, referring the incident to local law enforcement when appropriate, and taking action to investigate and address any allegations of retaliation;
  4. Providing ongoing assistance and support to students and employees who make allegations of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence;
  5. Providing awareness and prevention information on sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence, including widely disseminating this policy, and implementing training and educational programs on sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence to college constituencies; and
  6. Gathering and analyzing information and data that will be reviewed in order to improve safety, reporting, responsiveness and the resolution of incidents.

Prohibited Conduct

  1. Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based Harassment and Sexual Violence. This policy prohibits sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence against any CUNY student, employee or visitor.

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, graphic and electronic communications or physical conduct that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual's participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities.

    Gender-based harassment is unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on an individual's actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual's participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities.

    Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes sexual assault, such as rape/attempted rape, criminal sexual act, forcible touching, and sexual abuse. If of a sexual nature, stalking/cyberstalking (hereinafter "stalking") and dating, domestic and intimate partner violence may also constitute sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence.
  2. Retaliation. This policy prohibits retaliation against any person who reports sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence, assists someone making such a report, or participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual violence complaint.
  3. Certain Intimate Relationships. This policy also prohibits certain intimate relationships when they occur between a faculty member or employee and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility.

The full CUNY Policy on Sexual Misconduct can be found at the following link: http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/la/Policy-on-Sexual-Misconduct-12-1-14-with-links.pdf

Complaints of Sexual Misconduct will be promptly investigated and will be handled as confidentially as possible. Sexual Misconduct Complaints Should Be Reported To:

Title IX Coordinator
John T. Rose
Office of Diversity & Compliance
Room 1700 East
Phone: (212) 772-4242
john.rose@hunter.cuny.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Michelle Blackman
Office of Human Resources
Room 1502 East
Phone: (212) 396-6466
michelle.blackman@hunter.cuny.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator and
Director of Student Conduct
Colleen Barry
Office of Student Affairs
Room 1103B East
Phone: (212) 772-4534
colleen.barry@hunter.cuny.edu

Vice President, Student Affairs
Eija Ayravainen
Office of Student Affairs
Room 1101 East
Phone: (212) 772-4878
eija.ayravainen@hunter.cuny.edu

POLICY ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND NON DISCRIMINATION

The full text of CUNY's POLICY ON NON DISCRIMINATION MAY BE FOUND AT: http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/la/PolicyonEqualOpportunityandNonDiscriminationandProceduresDecember42014.pdf.

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HAVEN SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PREVENTION ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM

The City University provides an online workshop regarding Sexual Misconduct which covers, among other things, the policy, risks, avoidance strategies, bystander intervention, reporting and available resources.

Questions regarding Sexual Misconduct Training may be referred to Dean John T. Rose: john.rose@hunter.cuny.edu.

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HARASSMENT

Harassment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, or status as victim of domestic violence is a form of prohibited discrimination.

  • Individuals who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against often find it useful to participate in counseling. Students who wish to receive such counseling services should contact Hunter College’s Office of Counseling and Wellness Services at 212-772-4918. Faculty and staff who wish to receive such counseling services should contact Corporate Counseling Associates at 800-833-8707.
  • In certain cases, students who believe they are victims of harassment or discrimination may also find it useful to participate in academic services, such as tutoring programs on campus. Where appropriate, Hunter College will provide these services. Students who wish to inquire about the availability of academic services should contact Hunter College’s Division of Student Services at 212-772-4882.
  • Where appropriate, Hunter College may also provide or recommend counseling to individuals who are found to have engaged in harassment or discrimination.
  • Hunter College seeks to address all instances of harassment or discrimination as promptly as possible. Therefore, in addition to the requirements set forth in CUNY’s Policies and Procedures on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct, all staff who observe incidents they believe constitute harassment are encouraged to report the incident to their immediate supervisors. If appropriate, supervisory staff and faculty members are also encouraged to intervene to address the harassment. In all cases, supervisory staff and faculty members will report the incident to the appropriate authority.

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RACIAL HARASSMENT

Racial harassment includes the use of racial slurs and other name-calling or other oral communications meant to humiliate, offend or denigrate a person or group of people based on their race or ethnic origin, graphic and written statements, including, but not limited to, communications via email, text message, or other forms of electronic communications and social media, that are meant to humiliate, offend or denigrate a person or group of people based on their race or ethnic origin, and threatening, explicitly or implicitly, to harm, physically or otherwise, a person or group of people based on their race or ethnic origin.

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TITLE IX

Hunter College is committed to maintaining a fair and equal environment for both its employees and student body, consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, which state that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…”

Any individual who believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of gender in any area outside the purview of the Sexual Harassment Panel, may direct all inquiries, concerns and complaints to Dean John Rose (john.rose@hunter.cuny.edu), Hunter’s Title IX Coordinator.

For more information on Title IX click on the following link:
http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/title-ix/campus/hunter-college/

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504/ADA

Hunter College encourages the prompt and equitable settlement of all complaints and grievances of discrimination in College programs under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. Section 706) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended (42 U.S.C. Section 12101-02). Toward that end, both informal and formal grievance procedures are established for the college.

These procedures are available to any student, faculty or staff member of the College who alleges any action relating to handicap which is prohibited by Section 504, the ADA or the rules and regulations implementing those laws. No other issues may be raised in these proceedings.

The resolution of a grievance may pass through several steps.

If the individual is a student: Initially, students are encouraged to discuss a complaint with the supervisor of the office involved. Often, this conversation will lead to steps that will alleviate the difficulty. If this discussion does not lead to a result that is satisfactory to the student, he or she should then begin an informal complaint process with the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities. If the informal complaint process does not yield results satisfactory to the student, a written formal complaint may be filed with the Vice President for Student Affairs. Students may obtain a written explanation of the entire grievance procedure and the accompanying form from Student Services, East 1119.

If the individual is a faculty or staff member: The individual is encouraged to discuss a complaint with the supervisor of the office involved. If this discussion does not lead to a result that is satisfactory to the individual, he or she should then contact:

Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Professor Jennifer Samson
212-772-4663
W915
jsams@hunter.cuny.edu

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Informal Inquiries or Requests For Information

The Office of Diversity and Compliance responds to complaints of or concerns about prohibited conduct, including harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, or status as victim of domestic violence.

If you are a Hunter College student, faculty, staff or applicant for employment and you believe you have been discriminated against or have observed discrimination or harassment, you may contact the Office of Diversity and Compliance for a confidential consultation or to:

  • Engage in informal discussion for resolution,
  • Explore options,
  • Seek assistance in negotiation/mediation,
  • File an internal complaint.
  • All Inquiries Are Confidential

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Resolution of Complaints

The Office of Diversity and Compliance will make every effort to promptly investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination or harassment, with due regard for fairness and the rights of both the complainant and alleged offender, and to conduct all proceedings in the most confidential manner possible.

Any member of the Hunter College community who experiences discrimination or harassment should immediately report the incident to the Office of Diversity and Compliance. In cases where an individual reports alleged discrimination or harassment to an administrator, faculty member, or staff member, the person receiving the complaint should contact the Office of Diversity and Compliance to review, investigate and resolve the complaint.

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Confidentiality Statement

Hunter College has a duty to respond to allegations of discrimination (including sexual misconduct) and therefore cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality once allegations are disclosed to College officials. The confidentiality of information disclosed during the course of investigations or informal resolution efforts will be respected to the extent feasible and practical. This means that information about the complaint is shared only with those individuals within the Hunter College community who "need to know" in order to effectively investigate and/or resolve the complaint. Parties with a need to know may include witnesses or College officials who need to be informed of the complaint in order to cooperate with an investigation or to implement resolution. These parties will be advised that they should keep the information confidential in the best interests of all parties.

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Retaliation

Retaliation is defined as an adverse action in employment, academic activities or College sponsored programs, taken against any individual who, reasonably and in good faith, files a complaint of discrimination (formal or informal), participates in the investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination, or otherwise demonstrates opposition to a discriminatory employment, academic or program policy or practice. Retaliation is prohibited under City University of New York policy and by state and federal law. Retaliation is considered a separate offense from the original complaint, regardless of the outcome of the original complaint. Anyone who believes they have experienced retaliation should promptly contact the Office of Diversity and Compliance.

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