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The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity (OIED) is to develop,
implement, and monitor the University-wide Affirmative Action Plan, as well as ensure
the University's adherence to Federal Equal Opportunity laws. The OIED is responsible
for the implementation and enforcement of the University's Non-Discrimination/Affirmative
Action policies, procedures, and practices to ensure that no person is discriminated
against in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race,
color, gender, national origin, or disability. The OIED enforces the Sexual Harassment
Policy. The OIED also maintains and monitors University’s compliance with State and
Federal civil rights laws.
- Investigate complaints of discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin,
religion, age, marital status, and disability. The OIED also investigates allegations
of sexual harassment and discrimination in hiring, terms of employment, tenure, promotion,
and all other aspects of University life.
- Respond to external complaints of discrimination and harassment from Federal and State
agencies on behalf of the University.
- Resolve complaints through mediation, negotiation, and counseling.
- Maintain University compliance with Federal, State, and City laws and regulations.
- Provide educational programs, services, and materials pertaining to diversity, equal
opportunity, and affirmative action.
- Represent the campus to federal and state agencies as well as to the higher education
community on issues related to affirmative action, equal opportunity, harassment,
- Assist in the recruitment and retention of women, men and women of color, persons
with disabilities, and other under-represented groups.
- Provide affirmative action and equal opportunity program planning.
- Monitor Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.
- Provide search committee liaisons and employment search committee training.
- Monitor University employment actions.
- Provide conflict resolution and mediation.
- Provide anti-discrimination, diversity, and sexual harassment prevention seminars.
- Offer training in sexual harassment awareness, diversity, AA/OAE, the Americans with
Disabilities Act, and other related topics as needed.
- Provide administrative support to the President's Office and related Committees.
- Counsel faculty, staff, and students who believe they may have been subjected to harassment
- Investigate complaints of unlawful discrimination in admission and employment.
- Investigate claims of sexual harassment where a formal complaint is filed.
- Promote diversification of student population and staff and faculty members.