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Q. What is diversity?

A. *Diversity is affirming the uniqueness of and differences among persons, ideas, values and ethnicities. A culture of diversity embraces acceptance and respect. Diversity involves understanding ourselves and each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the richness of each individual. While diversity can be about individual differences, it also encompasses institutional and systemwide behavior patterns. * Source: Dreachslin, 1999; Anderson, Scrimshaw & Fullilove, 2003

Q. What is affirmative action?

A. *A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.
* Source:The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company

Q. Who at Farmingdale State College should I contact if I have a complaint regarding discrimination or harassment?

A. All inquiries and/or complaints regarding discrimination or harassment should be directed to the Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Diversity Officer.

Q. What mechanism does the College have in place to address discrimination or harassment complaints?

A.  Farmingdale State has adopted The State University of New York’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure.

Q. What is sexual harassment?

A.  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the federal agency responsible for enforcing Title VII. The EEOC Guidelines, 29 C.F.R. Section 1604.11, provide the following definition of sexual harassment:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

  • The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
  • The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
  • The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
  • Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
  • The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome.

More information is available at www.eeoc.gov

Q. How should I respond to sexual harassment?

A. It is helpful for the victim to directly inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. The victim should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available.

Q. What is Title IX?

A. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §§1681et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Under Title IX, an educational institution must take immediate action to end sexual harassment that the institution knows or reasonably should know is taking place, and must prevent its recurrence and address its effects. In accordance with Title IX Regulations, the college has designated Dr. Veronica Henry, Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Diversity Officer as Farmingdale State College’s Title IX Coordinator.