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Equal Opportunity

The University of Rochester does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

Further, the University’s Vision and Values Statement sets the highest standards for conduct to ensure our community is welcoming to all and is a place where all can thrive.

Contact Us

If you require further information, please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion.


Harassment and Discrimination

As stated in the Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment, also known as Policy 106, the University prohibits discrimination and/or harassment, including sexual harassment, based on any protected class. This policy applies to faculty, staff, residents, fellows, postdoctoral appointees, student employees, students*, volunteers, and to all visitors (including patients, contractors, and vendors) to any University campus, facility, and/or property and to University sponsored activities and events, whether on University premises or not.

*This policy is not intended to be used for complaints against students. Policy 106 may be used by students to make complaints about faculty, staff, and other non-students, but not to make complaints against students. For complaints against students, the Standards of Student Conduct apply or the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and related process applies.

How to File a Complaint

If you have experienced discrimination and/or harassment, you can file a complaint via the Policy 106 Report web form. You can also visit the University's Culture of Respect website to learn more.


If you believe you have been discriminated against at work because you are in any of the protected classes listed at the top of this page, you may file a claim with the United States Equal Opportunity Commission or the New York State Division of Human Rights.

You also may file a claim with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights if you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of:

  • race, color, or national origin contrary to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
  • sex contrary to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
  • age contrary to the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, or
  • disability, contrary to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

If you have questions about compliance or need additional assistance, the following resources are available:

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights can be contacted at its New York office at (646) 428-3800 or its national headquarters at (800) 421-3481; TTY: 800-877-8339.

Other Resources