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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

President's Reaffirmation

I am pleased to reaffirm and share with you the Non-Discrimination Policies and Procedures for SUNY Downstate. These polices include the following:

  1. Non Discrimination Policy
  2. Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy
  3. Anti Fraternization/Consensual Relationship Policy
  4. Disability Accommodation Policy
  5. Religious Accommodation Policy
  6. Veterans Non Discrimination Policy
  7. Compliant Procedures Policy

Our non-discrimination policies are accessible in the Policies drop-down menu to the left.

These policies prohibit discrimination in the recruitment and education of students; in the recruitment, selection, hiring and all other terms and conditions of employment for faculty and staff and in the operation of SUNY Downstate's programs and activities. In accordance with applicable federal and state mandates and SUNY regulations, our policies apply to all persons without regard to race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. The designated chief compliance officer with all of SUNY Downstate's policies for EEO and Affirmative Action is Prof. Kevin Antoine, Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). He can be reached by calling (718) 270-3058, or by email at kevinantoine@downstate.edu. ODI is a good resource for advice and guidance and serves both employees and students. ODI's offices are located in the Administrative Facility Trailer, on 151 East 34th Street, and 440 Lenox Road. Both offices are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Employees and students who are disabled should also be aware that they may be entitled to reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Accommodation Act. For students, the primary contact is Dr. Lorraine Terracina, Dean of Student Affairs, at (718) 270-2187. For employees, the primary contact is Ms. Grace Callender, Reasonable Accommodation Officer, at (718) 270-3022.

I urge each of you to become familiar with the respective policies and to follow them both in letter and in spirit. They constitute a critical foundation for good employee relations and genuine fairness in our working environment. SUNY Downstate has long been committed to maintaining a respectful, fair working and learning environment, free from discrimination or harassment. We seek to prevent discrimination from occurring and to provide an effective means of raising and promptly resolving complaints.

I would urge any SUNY Downstate employee or student who feels that (s) he has not been treated fairly for reasons related to illegal discrimination to report formally to the ODI. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is ready and able to respond to these issues and resolve them where possible. We will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these principles.