Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Statement


Faculty, staff, and students

Policy Statement

The University does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender1.

Complaints of discrimination or harassment related to any of these protected bases involving faculty or staff should be reported to Sheila Johnson-Willis, the University’s Chief Equal Opportunity & Title IX Officer (also the designated Title IX Coordinator for Faculty/Staff). She is responsible for coordinating compliance efforts under the various laws including Titles VI, VII, IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She can be contacted at Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services, 621 Skytop Road, Syracuse, NY 13244; or by email:; or by telephone: 315-443-1520.

Reports of discrimination or harassment involving students should be reported to Pam Peter, Director/Coordinator of Student Title IX Case Management (also the designated Title IX Coordinator for Students). Pam is located in 005 Steele Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-2130. She can be reached by email at; or by telephone at 315-443-0211.

Policy Administration

Questions or concerns may be directed externally to Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202 1100; Customer Service Hotline #800-421-3481; Facsimile: #202-453-6012; TDD #877-521-2172;

1 Title IX prohibits harassment or discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. Titles VI and VII prohibit harassment or discrimination based on race, national origin, or color. Sections 503 and 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination or harassment because of disability. In addition, New York law prohibits discrimination or harassment based on these and other protected categories.

Links to Procedures and Related Information

Amended: August 2005
Amended: November 2007
Amended: August 2012
Amended: July 2014
Amended: August 2015