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Equal Opportunity Laws

The following laws guide the University's policies and practices related to equal opportunity.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in all programs or activities which receive federal financial assistance.

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex against employees and students.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967prohibits employment discrimination against those age 40 and older. The Act also prohibits discrimination in access to programs and activities based upon age for persons age 40 and above.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended prohibit discrimination based on disability in employment and access to educational programs, public buildings and activities. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that affirmative action be implemented for qualified individuals with a disability.

The Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended 38 U.S.C. 4212, prohibits job discrimination in employment and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment disabled veterans, recently separated veterans (within three years of discharge or release from active duty), other protected veterans (veterans who served during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized), and Armed Forces service medal veterans (veterans who, while on active duty, participated in a U.S. Military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded.

Executive Order 11246 prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Order requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

NYS Human Rights Laws prohibits discriminating based on race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, disability, arrest or conviction record, and genetic predisposition in places of public accommodation, resort or amusement, in educational institutions, housing, commercial credit transaction and employment.

Rochester City Code Human Rights Laws prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and financing practices based upon age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or marital status.