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
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:
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:
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
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Deputy Title IX Coordinator and
Vice President, Student Affairs
The full text of CUNY's POLICY ON NON DISCRIMINATION MAY BE FOUND AT: http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/la/PolicyonEqualOpportunityandNonDiscriminationandProceduresDecember42014.pdf.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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:
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 (email@example.com), Hunter’s Title IX Coordinator.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.