Policy I1
Policy Name: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
Responsibility for Maintenance: Human Resources 

Date of most recent changes:  June 19, 2012

I. Policy Statement 

The College prohibits, and will not tolerate, discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics or carrier status*, military service or veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.  The College will comply with all applicable equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training.

II. Reason for Policy 

As stated in the College’s Principles of Community, “[r]especting the dignity and diversity of others is fundamental to the educational process, as well as the hallmark of citizen participation and interpersonal relationships.” Therefore the College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Any form of unlawful discrimination, including harassment is strictly prohibited. The College will comply with all applicable equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination laws. 

III. Applicability of the Policy 

This policy applies to all College employees.  Additionally, the College prohibits students, vendors, suppliers, visitors, and any other individual that an employee comes in contact with during the course of their employment from discriminating against employees of the College based on any protected class or status.

IV. Related Documents and References  

V. Contacts 

Subject Office Name Title or Position Telephone Number Email/URL
Questions regarding EEO Policy Human Resources Vice President, Human Resources (315) 498-2516   b.k.scholl@sunyocc.edu

VI. Definitions 

Term Definition
*GINA Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. This act protects Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information when it comes to health insurance and employment.

VII. Procedures 

An employee who feels that he or she has been the victim of discrimination or harassment, or if an employee witnesses or learns of any discrimination or harassment, the employee must take immediate action and report the discrimination or harassment as outlined in the Non-Discrimination/Non-Harassment Policy (Policy I5).

The College will not retaliate, intimidate, threaten, discriminate, or otherwise take any adverse employment action against an employee who files a complaint, testifies, or assists in any complaint made under this policy or with a court or government agency. 


 Approved by the OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006

Updated and approved by the Board of Trustees June 19, 2012