Equity and Compliance

Equity creates an environment of excellence in which all individuals can participate to the full extent of their capabilities, realize their aspirations and best contribute to the standard of excellence that the University at Albany strives to represent. UAlbany’s commitment to equity and inclusion is demonstrated through our efforts promoting equal opportunity, diversity and maintaining safe, accessible and welcoming educational environments and workplaces that are free from all forms of discrimination.

The University is fully committed to the prevention and elimination of all forms of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. The Office of Equity and Compliance is charged with ensuring compliance with University policy and state and federal laws that prohibit all forms of discriminatory behavior. The population served includes, but is not limited to, faculty, staff, students, patients, guests, vendors, and contractors associated with UAlbany.

UAlbany policy and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, criminal conviction, domestic violence victim status, veteran status and/or military status in employment or the administration of its policies, programs, or activities. This includes the all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and access for students, faculty, and staff. UAlbany’s nondiscrimination policy affects all employment practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, benefits, compensation, training, educational opportunities, and terminations. Educational programs and activities covered include, but are not limited to admission, recruitment, financial aid, treatment and services, counseling and guidance, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing, sanctions, discipline and employment as well as any other activity, opportunity or program. Also, no one shall be subject to retaliation for initiating or participating in a complaint process.

All members of the UAlbany community are encouraged to promptly file complaints regarding discriminatory behavior or any perceived irregularities in recruitment and compensation. The OEC is available to assist anyone who may wish to file complaint. For more information, visit the office’s Reporting Discrimination page.

Statement of the University Nondiscrimination Policy:

The University at Albany is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment and access to services, programs and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status or criminal conviction. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University’s policy is in accordance with all federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of all laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination and/or the application of Title IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act may be directed to Chantelle Cleary, J.D. Assistant Vice President, Office of Equity and Compliance and Title IX/504 Coordinator, University Hall 104, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222; Email: oec@albany.edu ; PH: (518) 956-8168.

Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov; PH: (646) 428-3800.