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
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:
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:
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:
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:
Questions regarding Sexual Harassment Prevention workshops may be referred to Dean John T. Rose: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City University provides an online workshop regarding the prevention of sexual harassment. Click here to access the workshop.
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 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.
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.