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one within the University College Community, except peace officers,
pursuant to authorization of the College President, shall have in their
possession a rifle, shotgun, firearm or any other dangerous instrument
or material that can be used to inflict bodily harm on an individual
or damage to a building or the grounds of a campus.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
college emphasizes that students, regardless of their membership in
offcampus organizations recognized by the college, are responsible for
comporting themselves in a manner consistent with college and University
policy and that they must conduct themselves in a lawful manner at all
of college policy subjects students to the disciplinary procedure. Violation
of law exposes the student to criminal charges and/or arrest..
Policies on Alcoholic
Beverages and the Use - Sale and Possession of Illegal Drugs
is the policy of the City University of New York & this college that:
or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical
health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the
purpose of initiation or affiliation with any organization is prohibited.
age for drinking alcohol in New York is 21, and state laws deal harshly
with underage drinking. It is also against the law in New York State
to sell or give away alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. The unlawful
manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illegal
drugs or other controlled substances by University students or employees
on University/College premises or as part of any University/College
activities is prohibited. Employees of the University must also notify
the College Personnel Director of any criminal drug statute conviction
for a violation occurring in the workplace not later than five (5) days
after such conviction.
possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by students or employees
on University/College premises or as part of any University/College
activities is prohibited. The possession or use of illegal drugs is
a CRIME in the State of New York. Anyone found in possession
of or using such drugs on college property will be severely dealt with
and may be suspended from the college, IN ADDITION TO FACING CRIMINAL
Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
1. Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
The City University of New York ("University or "CUNY"), located in a historically diverse municipality, is committed to a policy of equal employment and equal access in its educational programs and activities. Diversity, inclusion, and an environment free from discrimination are central to the mission of the University.
[Footnote:] As a public university system, CUNY adheres to federal, state and city laws and regulations regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Should any federal, state or city law or regulation be adopted that prohibits discrimination based on grounds or characteristics not included in this Policy, discrimination on those additional bases will also be prohibited by this Policy.
It is the policy of the University to recruit, employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees and to admit and provide services for students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity, marital status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, pregnancy, or status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal, state and city laws.
It is also the University's Policy to provide reasonable accommodations when appropriate to individuals with disabilities, individuals observing religious practices, or employees who are victims of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses.
This Policy also prohibits retaliation for reporting or opposing discrimination, or cooperating with an investigation of a discrimination complaint.
1.1 Prohibited Conduct Defined
Discrimination is treating an individual differently or less favorably because of his or her protected characteristics—such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or any of the other bases prohibited by this Policy.
Harassment is unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or academic environment. Such conduct can be verbal, written, visual, or physical.
Retaliation is adverse treatment of an individual because he or she made a discrimination complaint, opposed discrimination, or cooperated with an investigation of a discrimination complaint.
2. Policy Against Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment, a form of sex discrimination, is illegal under federal, state, and city laws, and will not be tolerated within the University. Members of the University community who believe they have been sexually harassed are strongly encouraged to report the allegations as promptly as possible. Delay in making a complaint of sexual harassment may make it more difficult to investigate the allegations.
2.1 Sexual Harassment Defined
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances or
requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
• submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic standing;
• submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual; or
• such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or academic environment.
Sexual harassment can occur between individuals of different sexes or of the same sex. Although sexual harassment most often exploits a relationship between individuals of unequal power (such as between a faculty member and student, supervisor and employee, or tenured and untenured faculty members), it may also occur between individuals of equal power (such as between fellow students or co-workers), or in some circumstances even where it appears that the harasser has less power than the individual harassed (such as a student sexually harassing a faculty member).
2.2 Examples of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment may take different forms. Using a person's response to a request for sexual favors as a basis for an academic or employment decision is one form of sexual harassment. Examples of this type of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:
• requesting or demanding sexual favors in exchange for employment or academic opportunities (such as hiring, promotions, favorable grades, or recommendations);
• submitting unfair or inaccurate job or academic evaluations or grades, or denying training, promotion, or access to any other employment or academic opportunity, because sexual advances have been rejected.
Other types of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature can also constitute sexual harassment, if sufficiently severe or pervasive that the target finds, and a reasonable person would find, that an intimidating, hostile or abusive work or academic environment has been created. Examples of this kind of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:
• sexual comments, teasing, or jokes;
• sexual slurs, demeaning epithets, derogatory statements, or other verbal abuse of a sexual nature;
• graphic or sexually suggestive comments about an individual's attire or body;
• graphic or sexually suggestive gestures;
• inquiries or discussions about sexual activities;
• pressure to accept social invitations, to meet privately, to date, or to have sexual relations;
• sexual touching, brushing up against another in a sexual manner, cornering, pinching, grabbing, kissing, or fondling;
• coerced sexual intercourse or sexual assault.
2.3 Intimate Relationships
2.3.1 Relationships between faculty or employees and students.
Amorous, dating or sexual activity or relationships ("intimate relationships"), even when apparently consensual, are inappropriate when they occur between a faculty member or employee and any student for whom he or she has a professional responsibility. Those relationships are inappropriate because of the unequal power dynamic between students and faculty members and between students and employees who advise or evaluate them, such as athletic coaches or workplace supervisors. Such relationships necessarily involve issues of student vulnerability and have the potential for coercion. In addition, conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest may arise when a faculty member or employee is required to evaluate the work or make personnel or academic decisions with respect to a student with whom he or she is having an intimate relationship. Finally, if the relationship ends in a way that is not amicable, the relationship may lead to charges of and possible liability for sexual harassment.
Therefore, faculty members and other employees are prohibited from engaging in intimate relationships with students for whom they have a professional responsibility, including undergraduates, graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows.
For purposes of this section, professional responsibility for a student means responsibility over academic matters, including teaching, counseling, grading, advising for a formal project such as a thesis or research, evaluating, hiring, supervising, coaching, making decisions or recommendations that confer benefits such as admissions, registration, financial aid, other awards, remuneration, or fellowships, or performing any other function that might affect academic or teaching, research, or other academic opportunities.
2.3.2 Relationships between supervisors and employees
Many of the concerns about intimate relationships between faculty members or employees and students also apply to relationships between supervisors and employees they supervise. Those relationships therefore are strongly discouraged. Supervisors shall disclose any such relationships to their supervisors in order to avoid or mitigate conflicts of interest in connection with the supervision and evaluation of the employees with whom they have a consensual relationship. Mitigation may involve the transfer of either the supervisor or employee, reassigning the responsibility to evaluate the employee to a different supervisor, or other appropriate action.
For purposes of this section, supervising an employee means supervising in an employment setting, including hiring, evaluating, assigning work, or making decisions or recommendations that confer benefits such as promotions, raises or other remuneration, or performing any other function that might affect employment opportunities.
This Policy prohibits retaliation for reporting or opposing sexual harassment, or cooperating with an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint.
3. Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaints
The City University of New York is committed to addressing discrimination and sexual harassment complaints promptly, consistently and fairly. There shall be procedures for making and investigating complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment, which shall be applicable at each unit of the University.
These policies shall not be interpreted so as to constitute interference with academic freedom.
5. Responsibility for Compliance
The President of each college of the University, the CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, and the Deans of the Law School and Graduate School of Journalism will have ultimate responsibility for overseeing compliance with these policies their respective units of the University. In addition, each dean, director, department chairperson, executive officer, administrator, or other person with supervisory responsibility must promptly consult with the Chief Diversity Officer if they become aware of conduct that may violate this policy. All members of the University community are required to cooperate in any investigation of a sexual harassment complaint.