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VII. Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action is responsible for monitoring the college's compliance with federal and state nondiscrimination laws, assisting with all aspects of reported violations of the college's Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment, investigating complaints, and managing the informal and formal grievance process. The college encourages those who have witnessed or experienced any form of discrimination or harassment to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, and to pursue informal or formal resolution processes as described in this Policy.1

As discussed below, individuals who wish to report a concern, seek guidance or assistance, or file a formal grievance may do so by contacting the Director of Equal Opportunity for matters involving students, administrators or staff members and the Faculty Director of Affirmative Action for matters involving faculty. Individuals may also report concerns to a dean or director, their supervisors, academic department chairs or program directors, athletic coaches or trainers, human resources, or a senior officer, who are mandated to consult immediately with the EO/AA Office to determine the best course of action for addressing concerns. Reports should be made as soon as possible after the alleged conduct occurs,2 optimally within one year.3

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Vassar College, Box 645
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0645
Phone: (845) 437-7924
Fax: (845) 437-5715
Website
Rachel Pereira
Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Title IX officer
Vassar College, Box 645
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0645
Phone: (845) 437-7924
Fax: (845) 437-7729
rapereira@vassar.edu
Jeffrey Schneider
Faculty Director of Affirmative Action and Associate Professor of German Studies
Vassar College, Box 501
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0501
Phone: (845) 437-7666
Fax: (845) 437-4025
jeschneider@vassar.edu

External Reporting Options: Individuals with complaints of this nature also have the right to seek recourse from outside of the College by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights for student-related concerns, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for employment-related concerns, or the State Division of Human Rights.

Office for Civil Rights
Phone: (800) 421-3481
TDD: (877) 521-2172
OCR@ed.gov Website
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Phone: (800) 669-4000
TDD: (800) 669-6820
info@eeoc.gov
Website
New York State Division of Human Rights
Phone: (888) 392-3644
Website

1 The procedures as described in the Policy are supplemental to, and are not intended to displace, other procedures set forth in any applicable collective bargaining agreement, in the Governance, or in the rules and regulations of the College Regulations, Faculty Handbook, and Administrative Handbook. Employees at Vassar who are represented by a labor union are covered by collective bargaining agreements, which include arbitration procedures and equal opportunity provisions. While it is generally understood that union employees with grievances shall use those procedures, the grievance procedures outlined here are available to members of the union, in consultation with union officials, consistent with contractual agreements.

2 Whenever the application of any time deadline or procedure set forth in the grievance procedure creates a problem owing to the nature of the complaint or the urgency of the matter, the faculty director of affirmative action or the EO/AA officer, as appropriate, will determine whether an appropriately expedited grievance procedure can be fashioned. Time periods may be extended if the grievant has good reason as determined by the faculty director of affirmative action or the equal opportunity/affirmative action officer.

3 Statutes of limitations for discrimination and harassment claims under state and federal law may differ from the limitations for filing under the College’s internal procedures.