10 University Policies
10.1 Non-Discrimination Policy
Fordham University is an academic institution that, in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, gender, national origin, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or any other basis prohibited by law. No otherwise qualified person shall be discriminated against in any programs or activities of the University because of disability. Likewise, no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex. Fordham University does not knowingly support or patronize any organization that engages in unlawful discrimination. This policy is strictly enforced by the University and alleged violations receive prompt attention and appropriate corrective action.
Complaints of discrimination by students against other students should be brought to the complainant’s Dean of Students for handling. All other complaints involving students and employees, only employees, or third parties should be brought to the Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance for handling.
The Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance is the University’s compliance officer for all forms of discrimination and is specifically designated as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, responsible for the University’s Title IX compliance efforts, including sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and violence, stalking, intimate partner violence, retaliation and athletics. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation may be referred to the designated Title IX coordinator(s) or to the Office for Civil Rights. The Director may be contacted at:
Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance
Administration Building, Room 114
Rose Hill Campus
10.2 Statement on Academic Rights and Responsibilities
Intellectual pluralism and academic freedom are central principles of American higher education. Recently, these issues have captured the attention of the media, political leaders and those in the academy. This is not the first time in the nation’s history that these issues have become public controversies, but the current interest in intellectual discourse on campus suggests that the meaning of these terms, and the rights and responsibilities of individual members of the campus community, should be reiterated.
Without question, academic freedom and intellectual pluralism are complex topics with multiple dimensions that affect both students and faculty. Moreover, America’s colleges and universities vary enormously, making it impossible to create a single definition or set of standards that will work equally well for all fields of academic study and all institutions in all circumstances. Individual campuses must give meaning and definition to these concepts within the context of disciplinary standards and institutional mission.
Despite the difficulty of prescribing a universal definition, we believe that there are some central, overarching principles that are widely shared within the academic community and deserve to be stated affirmatively as a basis for discussion of these issues on campuses and elsewhere.
• American higher education is characterized by a great diversity of institutions, each with its own mission and purpose. This diversity is a central feature and strength of our colleges and universities and must be valued and protected. The particular purpose of each school, as defined by the institution itself, should set the tone for the academic activities undertaken on campus.
• Colleges and universities should welcome intellectual pluralism and the free exchange of ideas. Such a commitment will inevitably encourage debate over complex and difficult issues about which individuals will disagree. Such discussions should be held in an environment characterized by openness, tolerance and civility.
• Academic decisions, including grades, should be based solely on considerations that are intellectually relevant to the subject matter under consideration. Neither students nor faculty should be disadvantaged or evaluated on the basis of their political opinions. Any member of the campus community who believes he or she has been treated unfairly on academic matters must have access to a clear institutional process by which his or her grievance can be addressed.
• The validity of academic ideas, theories, arguments and views should be measured against the intellectual standards of relevant academic and professional disciplines. Application of these intellectual standards does not mean that all ideas have equal merit. The responsibility to judge the merits of competing academic ideas rests with colleges and universities and is determined by reference to the standards of the academic profession as established by the community of scholars at each institution.
• Government’s recognition and respect for the independence of colleges and universities is essential for academic and intellectual excellence. Because colleges and universities have great discretion and autonomy over academic affairs, they have a particular obligation to ensure that academic freedom is protected for all members of the campus community and that academic decisions are based on intellectual standards consistent with the mission of each institution.
As of June 23, 2005, the following organizations have endorsed this statement:
American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Association of University Professors
American Council on Education
American Dental Education Association
American Political Science Association
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of American Law Schools
Association of American Universities
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
The College Board
College Student Educators International
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Council for Opportunity in Education
Council of Graduate Schools
Council of Independent Colleges
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
University Continuing Education Association
10.3 Affirmative Action Policy
The University’s Affirmative Action Program provides the means to recruit, employ, and promote women and other under-represented minorities in the interest of attaining workplace diversity. The Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance is available to all members of the Fordham community for consultation, training and development of those methods and initiatives that advance a more diversified workforce, and ensure non-discrimination, access to equal employment opportunities and fair treatment of individuals. It is the responsibility of the Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance to monitor and report regularly on the University’s efforts to achieve diversity and compliance with all laws pertaining to non-discrimination. In addition, the Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance is a designated contact person for complaints alleging workplace discrimination, including complaints of sexual harassment.
10.4 Policy on Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the University community. It subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being, educational experiences, and careers of students, faculty and staff. It is especially threatening in the context of a teacher-student or supervisor-subordinate relationship, in that it can exploit the power inherent in the position of teacher or supervisor regarding grades, recommendations, wage status or promotion. However, sexual harassment can also occur by subordinates against supervisors, by those of equal status, or by students, thereby creating an environment that is intimidating or offensive in a variety of settings.
In the event that a student or a faculty member feels that he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment, he or she should contact the following individuals: for incidents between two or more students: Christopher Rodgers, dean of students at Rose Hill (718) 817-4755; Keith Eldredge, dean of students at Lincoln Center (212) 636-6250. Students at the Westchester campus should contact Dean Eldredge. For all other incidents, Anastasia Coleman, Interim Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance, should be contacted at (718) 817-3112. Copies of the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy, which contains detailed information on the procedures that are to be followed in reporting cases of sexual harassment, may be obtained at the Office of Legal Counsel, Administration Building, Room 111, (718) 817-3110 or in Human Resources, Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 506, (718) 817-4931. This information is also published in the Student Handbook and on the University website.
In addition, any individual with supervisory authority who obtains knowledge of an incident of sexual harassment occurring is required to immediately advise the Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance if the incident is workplace related, or the dean of students (Rose Hill, Lincoln Center) if the incident is between students.
10.5 Services for Students with Disabilities
The policy of Fordham University is to treat students with disabilities in a nondiscriminatory manner for all educational purposes, including admission, activities, and courses. The University will make reasonable accommodations, and provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services to assist otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities in achieving access to its programs, services, and facilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
10.6 Classroom Use
The time and/or location of scheduled classes may not be changed without authorization of the Office of Academic Records and the appropriate Dean. If you require the use of a computer classroom or other specialized equipment, please consult with the associate chair or chair of the department when courses are being plannned and submitted early in the spring semester.
10.7 Use of Videos
In appropriate courses, two or three hours during regularly scheduled class meetings per semester may be reasonably devoted to viewing in-class videos or films. However, faculty are required to be present for the full time during which such videos or films are shown. Any faculty who wish to go beyond this are advised to discuss the matter with the Chair or Associate Chair of his or her department. Given the wide availability of video access on and off campus, viewing a video or film should be considered homework, like reading an assigned book, article, chapter, or poem and placed on reserve in the library. Class time properly turns to discussing the printed word or visual image.
The use of videotaped lectures to fill class time meets neither the spirit nor the letter of a Fordham faculty member’s teaching obligations. This practice is acceptable only in the most exceptional circumstances and should not be employed to enable faculty to be away for extended periods of time.
10.8 Office Hours
All full-time members of the instructional staff must schedule and hold regular office hours during the semester. These hours should be posted on the instructor's office door, files with the Chair of the Department, and included on each course syllabus. A minimum of four hours per week is expected, at times appropriate to typical student schedules in the college in which the course is offered. Adjuncts and part-time instructional staff are expected to be available at least one hour for each course they teach.
10.9 Weather Cancellation
The decision to cancel classes due to weather conditions will be made by the Administrative Vice President and will be announced on WFUV (90.7 FM) every 15 minutes. The University will also provide a recorded message on (212) 636-7777, and 1-800-280-SNOW.
If a final examination is cancelled, the Dean of the appropriate college in consultation with the Office of Academic Records will reschedule when the final examination will be taken. If a regular class meeting is cancelled, faculty should make a reasonable effort to make up the class. Ultimately, the decision to make up a class is at the instructor’s discretion.
10.10 Faculty Absence and Class Cancellation
In the event that you need to cancel your class(es), please follow these instructions:
1. Contact the College so that cancellation can be officially posted.
Fordham College at Lincoln Center:
For classes that begin at 8:30a.m., please call Peggy Cuskley at(212)636-7461.
For all other day classes, please call the FCLC Dean’s office at (212) 636-6300.
Fordham College at Rose Hill
Please call the FCRH Dean’s Office at (718) 817 4700
Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies
For classes at Lincoln Center, please call the PCS Dean’s office at (212) 636-6372.
For classes at Rose Hill, please call the PCS Dean's office at (718) 817-4600.
For classes at Westchester, please call the PCS Dean's office at (914) 367-3303.
Gabelli School of Business
Please call Elizabeth Cardiello at (718) 817 4101 or Elizabeth Grizzaffi at (718) 817 4466
When you call, please supply your name, course name and classroom number to ensure proper notification.
2. Contact the students so they know not to come in.
Faculty members should communicate with their students if their classes will be cancelled. E-mail is the obvious way of doing this safely and quickly, and faculty members should be sure to have the appropriate e-mail addresses at hand, both for their students and the administration. Students should be reminded they are responsible for any information sent to them at their Fordham e-mail address. Students who do not regularly use their Fordham e-mail should be given instructions for forwarding their Fordham e-mail to the address they regularly use. You can send a mass email to your class using the Summary or Detailed Class Roster on Banner (click on the email icon at the bottom and email window with addresses in the bcc: field pops up) or using Blackboard. Every course scheduled for this semester already has a Blackboard site with all your students enrolled. You can communicate with your class, post lectures, assignments, and conduct discussion boards on the site.
3. Contact your department so they can answer questions.
The Department Chair, Associate Chair, and Departmental Secretary should be notified of any cancellation of classes.
10.11 What To Do In An Emergency: Emergency Management Plan
Information on Fordham’s Emergency Management Plan can be found on the university’s website www.fordham.edu/campus_resources/public_safety .
In conjunction with the University’s Emergency Management Plan, faculty members play an important role in helping to provide assistance and leadership for our students during a crisis.
The University’s Emergency Operations Centers are located as follows:
Rose Hill – The Safety & Security Office in Thebaud Annex.
Lincoln Center – McMahon Hall ground floor Residential Life Offices.
Westchester Campus: Safety and Security Office, Main Floor.