Equal Opportunity Employment Program

The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York recruits, employs, retains, and promotes persons in all job titles without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, alienage or citizenship, national or ethnic origin, age, transgender status, marital status, veteran status, carrier status or disability.  The Graduate Center:

1. Bases decisions on employment so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.

2. Ensures that promotion decisions are in accord with principles of equal employment opportunity by approving only valid requirements for promotional opportunities.

3. Ensures that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, terminations, college-sponsored training, education, and tuition assistance are administered without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, political belief, age, or disability.

The Graduate Center takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified veterans with disabilities and veterans of the Vietnam era at all levels of employment.  The Graduate Center as a constituent unit of The City University of New York, a public university system, adheres to federal, state, and city laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in employment, including, among others, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, Title IX of the Education Amendments of Equal Opportunity Employment Program of 1972, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.  The “protected classes” as delineated in the Federal Executive Order are: Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Two or More Races and Women; on December 9, 1976, the Chancellor of The City University of New York included Italian Americans as a protected class.

The University continues to exercise affirmative action for the protected classes, including Italian Americans.

The following have responsibilities as indicated:

Chief Diversity Officer: Edith Rivera  (Room 7301.06, 212 817-7410)

504/ADA Coordinator: Vice President for Student Affairs Matthew Schoengood  (Room 7301, 212 817-7400)

Title IX Coordinator: Vice President for Student Affairs, Matthew Schoengood

In addition to these persons, the Graduate Center Ombuds Officer, Professor Martin R. Gitterman, may be consulted.  The Ombuds Office (Room 7313; 212 817-7191) offers a safe and neutral place for all members of the GC community to discuss informal as well as formal approaches to any work- or study-related problem, in strict confidence.

All officers of administration, executive officers, office heads, faculty, and staff must adhere to the principles and requirements of the school’s Affirmative Action Plan.  Employees and applicants are protected from coercion, intimidation, interference, or discrimination for filing a complaint or assisting in an investigation.  Copies of the Affirmative Action Plan are available for review in the Mina Rees Library, Human Resources, and the Affirmative Action Office.

The Graduate Center is committed to promoting pluralism and diversity and combating racism and bigotry.  Concerns, questions, and complaints about affirmative action and equal employment may be addressed to any member of the Affirmative Action Committee (contact the Chief Diversity Officer for names).