Volume II: Campus Community

2.3 Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

2.3 Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

It is the policy of Ithaca College to offer equal opportunity in all matters in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, Article 15 of the Executive Law of New York State (the Human Rights Law), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other related federal, state and local legislation, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

The College recruits, hires, and promotes on the basis of individual qualifications and performance. It is the policy of Ithaca College that discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, marital status, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or military status will not exist in any activity, area, or operation of the College.

All policies appearing or referenced in Volume II of the Ithaca College Policy Manual, including this policy of non-discrimination and affirmative action, will automatically be amended as new legislation dictates and may also be revised at the discretion of the College.

2.3.1 Responsibility for Implementation

The College's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Program is administered by the Office of Human Resources. Success requires the understanding and commitment of every member of the Ithaca College community to the pursuit of equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment. Inquiries related to this program should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

2.3.2 Grievance Procedure for Discrimination Complaints

A member of the Ithaca College campus community who believes that the College's policy of non-discrimination has been violated should contact the Office of Employee Relations.

2.3.3 Objective of the Affirmative Action Program

It is the objective of the Ithaca College Affirmative Action Program to guarantee equal opportunity in employment, training, and promotional opportunities. The College will hire the most qualified candidate in all circumstances. Where minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are underrepresented and underutilized, it is the intent of Ithaca College to recruit, employ, and promote them to a degree consistent with their availability, merit, and qualifications.

It is through the recruitment and hiring process that the College has its greatest opportunity to achieve its objective of increasing the representation of women, minorities and other protected groups in areas where they are currently underrepresented. Procedures have been established to increase the chances of achieving success and to monitor progress. These procedures also provide the necessary documentation to evaluate a discrimination complaint. No department, school, or division is authorized to hire new faculty or staff without prior certification that its search and hiring process was fair and attempted to locate and consider available qualified female, minority, and disabled candidates.

Hiring for all staff, administrative, and faculty positions, including full-time, part-time, and temporary positions, is subject to these procedures. The recruitment and hiring procedures and actions required by a supervisor are detailed in Volume III of the Ithaca College Policy Manual.

Last Updated: January 14, 2014