Equity Compliance & Title IX
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
Yeshiva University has a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. We apply every good faith effort in achieving nondiscrimination and equality of opportunity in employment and in all spheres of academic life.
All University-wide decisions with regard to faculty, staff and students are based on equitable and equally applied standards of excellence. Unlawful Harassment procedures have been established, both as a legal obligation under applicable law and as a visible and formal expression of institutional policy.
GOALS OF OUR POLICY
The University's policy is designed to insure that recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and all other personnel actions take place, and all programs and activities involving students, both academic and non-academic, are administered without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or disabled veteran status, genetic predisposition/carrier status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or citizenship status as those terms are used in the law. In addition, this policy is designed to maintain a work and academic environment free of harassment and intimidation.
Unlawful harassment includes harassment based on race, religion, color, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran or disabled veteran status, genetic predisposition/carrier status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis made unlawful by any applicable law, ordinance, or regulation.
Unlawful harassment may be found in a single episode, as well as in persistent behavior. Sexual harassment (and sexual assault) is a form of unlawful harassment.
DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), defines sexual harassment as: "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment."
Yeshiva University is committed to maintaining an environment for learning and teaching that is free of unlawful harassment. The University has adopted a policy of zero tolerance with respect to unlawful harassment as being antithetical both to the academic values of the University and the need for a work environment that is free from even the appearance of unlawful harassment or coercion. The University strives to provide a place of work and study free of harassment, intimidation or exploitation. Where harassment has occurred, the University will act promptly to stop the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and discipline and/or take other appropriate action against those responsible. Unlawful harassment in any form is a violation of University policy.
The responsibility for the University's affirmative action/equal opportunity and anti-harassment policy lies with all associate and assistant deans, chairpersons, department heads, directors, administrators, managers and supervisors in their areas of responsibility and requires the commitment of the entire University community. Administrative and investigative responsibility has been assigned to the University’s Diversity & Affirmative Action Officer.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
If you have any questions relating to equal opportunity, affirmative action or if you wish the University to pursue a possible violation of the policy, you should contact the University's Diversity & Affirmative Action Officer, Ms. Renee Coker at (718) 430-3771 or a member of the University's Panel on Unlawful Harassment. The Office of Diversity & Affirmative Action is located on the Einstein Campus, 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Belfer Educational Center for Health Sciences, Room 1206, Bronx, New York 10461.
The Diversity & Affirmative Action Officer, Ms. Renee Coker, has also been designated the Title IX Coordinator for the University and is responsible for ensuring University compliance with Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education program and activities.
When warranted, the University will take appropriate corrective action to remedy all violations of this policy, up to and including termination and/or expulsion. Where appropriate, the University may also report discriminatory conduct to licensing boards. Yeshiva University prohibits any form of retaliation against any employee or student for filing a bona fide complaint or for assisting in a complaint investigation.