It is the policy of SUNY Upstate Medical University to provide equal opportunity in employment and educational programs for qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination based on age, race, color, disability, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, sex, or any other category protected by law, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive and continuing program in accordance with existing Federal and State statutes and regulations.
SUNY Upstate Medical University prohibits discrimination on the basis of any protected category as specified by Federal and State laws in the recruitment and employment of faculty, staff and students and in the operation of any of its programs and activities.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 explicitly prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities. This includes sexual harassment, sexual violence and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity. Inquiries regarding Title IX and reports of violations should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.
The Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion is available to address inquiries regarding this policy and its application. Individuals may inquire about their options and/or file a written complaint by contacting the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 315-464-5234 to arrange an appointment. Written complaints must be filed with the Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion within 90 calendar days following the alleged discriminatory act or the date on which the complainant first knew or reasonably should have known of such act. More detailed information regarding grievance procedures can be found by visiting the website at https://www.upstate.edu/equity/policies-and-procedures/complaints/.
If the complainant is dissatisfied with the University's response to the alleged discrimination, the complainant may, at any time during the internal process, file a complaint with the appropriate State or Federal agency.
Victims have several options for resolving complaints. First, a student may file a complaint with the Student Support Services and initiate charges in the student conduct system. These proceedings are confidential. Second, a student may press charges through the criminal process. In order to do so, a victim should contact the University Police Department if the incident took place on campus. For off-campus reports, contact the appropriate police agency. Third, a student may elect to file complaints with both the student conduct system and through the criminal process. Pursuing both options is not a form of "double jeopardy", as this concept only applies to criminal proceedings. Upstate Medical University maintains an interest in the welfare of its community members regardless of the status of parallel criminal or civil cases.
More information regarding harassment and discrimination complaints including definitions, processes and procedures and additional resources can be found here: https://www.upstate.edu/equity/policies-and-procedures/complaints/
Katie King, JD
Institutional Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Office of Institutional Equity
707 Jacobsen Hall
175 Elizabeth Blackwell Street
Syracuse, NY 13210