Office of Diversity and Compliance (formerly Affirmative Action)

Hunter College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Institution. The College does not discriminate 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 in its student admissions, employment, access to programs, and administration of educational policies. 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, Title IX Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Sexual Harassment Awareness and Intake Committee.

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
212-650-3262
john.rose@hunter.cuny.edu


SEARCHES
RECRUITMENT AND SEARCH GUIDE
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
ONLINE SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING
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:

Lincoln Tracy, Coordinator
Office of Diversity and Compliance
E1700
Phone: 212-650-3061
Email: lincoln.tracy@hunter.cuny.edu

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment is illegal. It is a form of sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and of the official policy of The City University of New York. The City University of New York issued a policy in 1982, which was updated and reissued in October 1995, again in January 2005 and again in July 2010. The policy prohibits sexual harassment of faculty, staff, and students:

"It is the policy of The City University of New York to promote a cooperative work and academic environment in which there exists mutual respect for all University students, faculty, and staff. Harassment of employees or students based upon sex is inconsistent with this objective and contrary to the University's non-discrimination policy. Sexual harassment is illegal under Federal, State, and City laws, and will not be tolerated within the University."

"The University, through its colleges, will disseminate this policy and take other steps to educate the University community about sexual harassment. The University will establish procedures to ensure that investigations of allegations of sexual harassment are conducted in a manner that is prompt, fair, thorough, and as confidential as possible under the circumstances, and that appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary action is taken as warranted by the circumstances when sexual harassment is determined to have occurred. Members of the University community who believe themselves to be aggrieved under this policy are strongly encouraged to report the allegations of sexual harassment as promptly as possible. Delay in making a complaint of sexual harassment may make it more difficult for the college to investigate the allegations."

"It is a violation of University policy for any member of the University community to engage in sexual harassment or to retaliate against any member of the University community for raising an allegation of sexual harassment, for filing a complaint alleging sexual harassment, or for participating in any proceeding to determine if sexual harassment has occurred."

Hunter College adheres to CUNY policy and condemns all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other intimidating verbal or written communications or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This behavior constitutes sexual harassment when:

    1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic standing;
    2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that individual;
    3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. *

To implement CUNY’s policy, Hunter College created a Sexual Harassment Awareness and Intake Committee. The Committee is responsible for reviewing all complaints of sexual harassment; and for making efforts to resolve those complaints informally, if possible. When informal resolution is not possible, the Committee coordinator and/or deputy coordinator will fully investigate the complaint and report the results of the investigation to the College president (and dean of students, if the accused is a student).

Any student or other member of Hunter College may report allegations of sexual harassment to any member of the Sexual Harassment Awareness and Intake Committee. The complaint will be promptly investigated and will be handled as confidentially as possible. Retaliation against complaints is specifically prohibited. Students, faculty or staff who are found, following applicable disciplinary proceedings, to have violated the CUNY Policy Against Sexual Harassment are subject to various penalties, including termination of employment and permanent dismissal from the University.

* These criteria are based on guidelines issued by the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education

The full text of CUNY's Sexual Harassment Policy can be found at: Non Discrimination and Sexual Harrasment.

Sexual Harassment Awareness and Intake Committee Members:

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

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

Colleen Barry
Office of Student Affairs
Room 1103B East
Phone: (212) 772-4534
colleen.barry@hunter.cuny.edu

Darlene DeFour
Department of Psychology
Room 738C North
Phone: (212) 772-5679
ddefour@hunter.cuny.edu

Lisa Jacox
Department of Public Safety
Room B122 West
Phone: (212) 772-4521
lsvitzer@hunter.cuny.edu

Susan McCarty
Office of Career Development Services
Room 810 East
Phone: (212) 772-4850
susan.mccarty@hunter.cuny.edu

Erica Pearson
Office of Student Services
Room 1143 East
Phone: (212) 396-6503
erica.pearson@hunter.cuny.edu

Peter Plevritis
Office of Facilities Management & Planning
Room C0076 North
Phone: (212) 772-4581
pplevrit@hunter.cuny.edu

Philip Swan
Library
Room 412 East
Phone: (212) 396-6733
pswan@hunter.cuny.edu

Christopher (Kip) Zegers
Hunter College High School
Room CS342
Phone: (646) 963-6335
kzegers@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu

ONLINE SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING

The City University provides an online workshop regarding the prevention of sexual harassment. Click here to access the workshop.

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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, Non-Discrimination and Against Sexual Harassment, 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.

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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 Tamara Green
212-772-5061
W1429
tgreen@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 harassment) 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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