Jun 21, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College Policies

Policy of Nondiscrimination

Compliance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations

In the operation of its programs and activities, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff members, and in the recruitment, admissions, retention, and treatment of students, the State University of New York College of Arts and Science at Geneseo does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

The College’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Nichole Siwicki, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity & Equity, 302 B Doty Hall, SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Room 302B, Geneseo, NY 14454; Tel. (585) 245-6492 or siwicki@geneseo.edu; Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646)428-3800; Email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

If you need assistance or require an accommodation, contact the Office of Diversity & Equity at (585) 245-6492 or siwicki@geneseo.edu

In the administration of services to students, no distinctions on illegally discriminatory bases are permitted with respect to the provision of financial assistance, counseling and tutoring programs, career development and placement services, and support for student organizations, programs, and activities that are sponsored by the College. On-campus housing is assigned on a non-discriminatory basis. Placement services, off-campus housing, and institutional facilities are made available only to persons, agencies, organizations, and firms which comply with existing equal opportunity laws, and the College so informs all clients, potential employers, lessors and sellers and recipients of significant assistance. Non-exempt agencies or organizations that do not agree to abide by the nondiscriminatory policies of the College, or that are found to have illegally discriminated, are denied College recognition, sponsorship, and use of College facilities and general or specific support.

Additionally, the College does not condone or tolerate sexual or racial harassment or harassment based on a legally protected class in employment or in its academic setting. Geneseo actively supports equal opportunity for all persons, and takes affirmative action to see that both the total student and employee populations at the College enjoy access to all programs and equal opportunities in all activities.

Affirmative Action

The College has developed and published, and periodically updates, an Affirmative Action Plan which specifies the procedures to be followed in implementing its stated policy of providing equal opportunity for all persons, and which sets hiring goals and timetables, where appropriate, to the objectives of affirmative action. Copies of the Plan are available for public review in the Affirmative Action Office.

In the administration of its affirmative action program, the College complies with following laws and implementing regulations adopted thereunder:

  • Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended;
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended;
  • Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended;
  • Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act o 1974, as amended;
  • Governor’s Executive Order No. 28;
  • NY Executive Law §290 et al.
  • Age Discrimination - Executive Order No. 96
  • Equal Opportunity - Executive Order No. 6
  • Sexual Harassment - Executive Order No. 19
  • Gender Identity - Executive Order No. 33

and any and all other federal and state laws and orders as are applicable. The internal discrimination complaint procedure is available in the Affirmative Action Office at Geneseo. You can also view the SUNY Discrimination Complaint Procedure at http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=451.

The Director of Affirmative Action is the designated coordinator for Geneseo’s continuing compliance with relevant federal and state laws and regulations with respect to nondiscrimination. The Director of Affirmative Action may be consulted during regular business hours in Room 302B, Doty Hall, or by calling (585) 245-5020.


Actions and/or events which are unpredictable and over which the College has no control may result in changes to information printed in this bulletin. Examples of such events include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following: (1) budget reductions and/or changed priorities mandated by State University of New York administrative officers and/or by officials of other State agencies, departments, or divisions; (2) the hiring of new faculty members with qualifications and competencies different from those possessed by any other members of the faculty; (3) the receipt of fellowships, research grants, or sabbatical leaves by faculty members uniquely qualified to teach certain courses; and (4) the revision of instructional programs and/or curricular offerings.

The most recent information can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Academic Planning and Advising located in Erwin Administration Building, or by calling (585) 245-5541.

Additional information concerning graduate academic programs and curricular offerings of the College is provided in the Guide to Graduate Studies.