Affirmative Action Office

Affirmative Action Statement

Empire State College is firmly committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons, without regard to age, carrier status, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, genetic predisposition, marital status, national or ethnic origin, prior arrest or conviction status, race, religion, Sabbath observance, sexual orientation or veteran status.

The college’s equal opportunity policy incorporating, as applicable, affirmative action obligations reflects not only federal and state laws but also the college's and the State University of New York’s longstanding commitment to the ideals of fairness, access and excellence. Further, the college believes that its mission as an institution of higher education demands that it also be committed to increasing the representation of protected groups throughout the workforce and promoting pluralism and diversity among its administration, faculty, staff and student body.

It is the goal of the Empire State College Affirmative Action Policy to provide equal employment opportunity, to prevent discrimination and to contribute to the diversity of our workforce. The college's affirmative action policy applies to all persons in federally protected groups, including women, people with disabilities, Vietnam era veterans, Blacks, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, American Indian/Alaskan Natives and special disabled veterans.

The affirmative action laws governing Empire State College include Executive Order 11246, as amended; Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Act of 1974.

The federal and state laws that incorporate EEO components and guide college policy, include:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1991
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986
  • The New York State Human Rights Law

To implement the college's commitment to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and nondiscrimination, Empire State College:

  • conducts affirmative action searches to fill vacant full-time positions for faculty, professional and executive staff, and follows New York State Civil Service Law for all classified appointments
  • broadly advertises vacant full-time positions among populations that are underrepresented to increase the likelihood that women and people of color are included in the applicant pool
  • ensures that all job advertisements indicate that Empire State College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity, Immigration Reform and Control Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act employer by including the abbreviated tagline: Empire State College is an AA/EEO/IRCA/ADA employer
  • provides each search committee for any full-time administrative, professional or faculty vacancy an orientation to the college's affirmative action, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination policies and procedures at the beginning of the search process
  • monitors the search process to ensure that affirmative action procedures are being followed
  • provides reasonable accommodation for persons with disabling conditions
  • prohibits sexual harassment of any form and provides a confidential procedure for filing allegations of sexual harassment
  • provides a complaint and grievance procedure for students and employees about which of these groups are fully informed
  • provides periodic training on equal employment and affirmative action issues to employees
  • provides equal opportunity for professional development and promotion to all employees
  • formulates and administers employee benefits without discrimination.