Archive for 2013

Memo to Faculty and Staff: Non-Discrimination of Students on the Basis of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Related Conditions

May 9, 2013 | Bulletin

This memorandum is being sent to inform and remind the University community of the University’s obligations not to discriminate against students on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions.

The University’s Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination makes clear that CUNY does not discriminate against persons on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. The legal prohibition against sex discrimination in education comes from, among other places, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (“Title IX”). Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and related conditions—in educational programs and activities that are eligible for federal funding.

Memo to Students: New CUNY Policy Regarding Consensual, Intimate Relationships Between CUNY Faculty/Employees and Students

January 30, 2013 | Bulletin

On November 26, 2012, the University’s Board of Trustees revised its policies on equal opportunity, non-discrimination and sexual harassment. The purpose of this memo is to make students aware of a significant change contained in the University’s revised policy against sexual harassment, relating to intimate relationships between CUNY employees and students. CUNY policy now prohibits faculty members and other employees from engaging in consensual intimate relationships with students for whom they have a “professional responsibility.” For example, a faculty member has a professional responsibility for a student in his/her class, or for a student for whom the faculty member is serving as an academic advisor, faculty counselor, or member of a thesis committee. In the case of a non-faculty employee, having a professional responsibility for a student would include coaching a student on an athletic team, supervising a student in a part-time job, or providing the student with guidance or counseling.