Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of The College of Staten Island (“the College” or “CSI”) 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 identity
  • marital status
  • legally registered domestic partnership status
  • disability
  • predisposing genetic characteristics
  • alienage
  • citizenship
  • military or veteran status
  • status as a victim of domestic violence

Sexual harassment, a form of sex discrimination, is prohibited under the College’s Policy Against Sexual Harassment.

Please access CSI’s complete Non-discrimination Policy: www.csi.cuny.edu/diversity_and_compliance/non_discrim.html

Definition of Discrimination

Discrimination is defined as treating members of a protected class less favorably because of their membership in that class. The protected groups are set forth in the College’s Non-Discrimination Policy (see above).

Harassment is a type of discrimination involving oral, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, or national origin (including an individual’s ancestry, country of origin, or country of origin of the individual’s parents or other family member) or other protected characteristic that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to work for, participate in or benefit from the educational institution’s programs or activities.

Responsibilities of the College Community-at-large

Members of the College community, who become aware of allegations of discrimination including sexual harassment, should encourage the aggrieved individual to report the alleged act to the Office of Diversity and Compliance Director (“ODC Director”), who is also the Sexual Harassment Coordinator, 504/ADA Compliance Coordinator, and Title IX Coordinator.

The Director of Diversity and Compliance, Danielle Dimitrov , Esq., may be contacted by phone: (718) 982-2250, or email: danielle.dimitrov@csi.cuny.edu (Building 1A, Room 103).

Confidentiality

The privacy of individuals who bring complaints of discrimination, who are accused of discrimination, or who are otherwise involved in the complaint process should be respected, and information obtained in connection with the filing, investigation, or resolution of complaints should be handled as confidentially as possible. It is not possible, however, to guarantee absolute confidentiality and no promise of complete confidentiality should be made to College employees or students who are involved in the complaint process.

Making a Complaint of Discrimination

Any applicant for employment or individual who is employed by or enrolled at the College of Staten Island may file a complaint of discrimination. The College places a strong emphasis on prompt action to resolve complaints alleging discrimination. Members of the College community who believe they have been discriminated against or harassed are strongly encouraged to report allegations as promptly as possible. Delay in making a complaint may make it more difficult for a unit of the College to investigate the allegations.

The complaint procedure applies to all job applicants and employees and in some instances, former employees of CSI. Students employed by the College have the right to equal employment opportunity in their capacity as employees.

Sexual harassment, a form of sex discrimination, is prohibited under the College’s Policy Against Sexual Harassment. Members of the College community who believe they have been sexually harassed are strongly encouraged to report their allegations as promptly as possible to the ODC Director/Sexual Harassment Coordinator.

Whom to Contact

Any employee, applicant for employment, or student, may file a complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment. Individuals who believe they are being or have been discriminated against or harassed in violation of College policy are encouraged to contact, as soon as possible, the Office of Diversity and Compliance.

At the time the individual makes his or her complaint, the ODC Director should provide the complainant with the complaint form and with information about the various internal and external mechanisms through which the complaint may be filed.

Applicable Laws

The College of Staten Island adheres to federal, state, and city laws and regulations regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action including among others Section 1324b of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Executive Order 11246, as amended, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. The “protected classes,” as delineated in Executive Order 11246: (i.e. Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native and Women), were expanded on December 9, 1976 by the Chancellor of The City University of New York to include Italian-Americans. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget further expanded these protected classes in 2006 to include two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino) and replaced Asian/Pacific Islander, with Asian (not Hispanic or Latino) and Native Hawaiian (not Hispanic or Latino), Black was renamed as Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino) and Hispanic was renamed Hispanic or Latino.