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Anti-Discrimination Policy

Fordham University School of Law's Anti-Discrimination Policy and Student Grievance Procedure

I. University-Wide Nondiscrimination Policy and Designation Title IX Coordinator

Notice of University-Wide Nondiscrimination Policy and the Designation of the Title IX Coordinator

Fordham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Violence Against Women Act, and other federal, state, and local laws.

Fordham University 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, gender identity or expression, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

This policy is strictly enforced by the University, and alleged violations receive prompt attention and appropriate corrective action. The University will take steps to prevent discrimination and harassment, to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and harassment, to prevent retaliation for bringing a claim or assisting in an investigation, and will take appropriate action to remedy the effects of discrimination and harassment.

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 504 Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the University’s Title IX compliance efforts and for coordinating the University’s response to all complaints involving possible sex discrimination, including educational programs, gender equity in athletics, employment, and admission. This also includes all forms of discrimination, limitations on consensual relationships, sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault/rape, exploitation and other sexual misconduct, stalking, dating and domestic violence, and intimidation and retaliation for filing such complaints.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation may be referred to the University’s designated Title IX Coordinator listed below or to the Assistant Secretary of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education, Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100. Call the OCR main numbers toll free at 800-421-3481 or 800-877-8339 (TDD). Or contact the OCR’s New York office at ocr.newyork@ed.gov or 646-428-3800.

Fordham’s Title IX coordinator may be contacted at 718-817-3112 or titleix@fordham.edu.

Anti-Discrimination Policy
Director of Institutional Equity and Compliance
Interim Title IX Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer
Cunniffe House, Room 114
Rose Hill Campus
718-817-3112
TitleIX@Fordham.edu

II. Student Grievance Procedure

  1. Scope

    The following Student Grievance Procedure applies to each student of Fordham University School of Law who believes he or she has been subjected to such discrimination or retaliation by any member of the faculty, administration or staff. This Policy and Procedure is not intended to derogate from protections provided for faculty members under the Statutes of Fordham University, and specifically section 4-07.13 thereof. Nothing in these procedures shall prohibit a student from contacting a member of the faculty, administration or staff orally, or from seeking the guidance or assistance of a third person - such as another student, or member of the faculty, administration or staff - in resolving the grievances informally.
  2. Informal Process
    1. The Complainant and the Respondent, defined in (ii) below, shall mutually endeavor to resolve informally any grievance alleging a violation of the policy described in I above.
    2. The student initiating the grievance (hereafter, "Complainant") shall within ten days of the event which precipitated the grievance, or ten days after the Complainant became aware of the event, contact the faculty member/administrator/staff member whose action is in question (hereafter, "Respondent") in writing. The Complainant shall request an appointment to discuss the alleged violation. In exceptional circumstance, such as any case of alleged sexual, racial or ethnic harassment, or where the Associate Dean or the Associate Dean's designee agrees that a mandatory preliminary meeting with the Respondent is inappropriate, the Complainant having reported to the Associate Dean in writing within the aforesaid ten days, may proceed directly to the Formal Process under paragraph C below, or pursue such other informal resolution processes as may be suggested by the Associate Dean or [his/her] designee.
  3. Formal Process

    If the hearing officer finds a violation has occurred, the Dean of the Law School shall determine whether to recommend that the University convene a proceeding under 4-07.13 of the University Statutes, of the Dean may take such other appropriate authorized action as the Dean deems proper in the circumstances.

    Nothing herein shall prevent the hearing officer from terminating the hearing and discharging a mediation function if so requested by both parties.

    1. Level 1. If no informal resolution satisfactory to the Complainant has been reached within fourteen days after the Complainant has contacted the Respondent in writing as described in II.B (ii) above, the Complainant shall within seven days thereafter file in the office of the Associate Dean a written Notice of Pending Grievance stating the date of the alleged violation of the aforesaid policy and the name of the Respondent. The Associate Dean or [his/her] designee shall forthwith deliver a copy thereof to the Respondent.
      1. No sooner than fourteen days nor later than twenty one days after filing the Notice of Pending Grievance, the Complainant shall file a written Statement identifying the alleged violation of the policy of the Law School, and the actual basis therefore, in the office of the Associate Dean, which office shall forthwith deliver a copy thereof to the Respondent. Within fourteen days after such delivery, the Respondent shall file a written Response thereto in the office of the Associate Dean, which office shall forthwith deliver a copy thereof to the Complainant.
      2. Upon receipt of the Response specified in (a) the Associate Dean, or [his/her] designee, will seek to achieve a satisfactory resolution of the grievance between the Complainant and the Respondent. To that end, the Associate Dean or [his/her] designee shall arrange a meeting with the Complainant and the Respondent no later than fifteen days after receipt by the Associate Dean of the written Response indicated in paragraph (a) above. The Complainant and the Respondent will be notified in writing of the date, time and place of the meeting, which may be adjourned by the Associate Dean or [his/her] designee for good cause shown.
      3. The Associate Dean or [his/her] designee will report as follows in writing to the Complainant and the Respondent within twenty days after the meeting scheduled pursuant to paragraph (b) above was held. If an agreement has been reached, the resolution shall be stated in the writing. If no resolution has been achieved, the Associate Dean or designee shall inquire in writing whether the Complainant wishes to proceed to a hearing as described in (d) below.
      4. The Dean of the Law School shall appoint an outside hearing officer not employed by the University or having any immediate connection therewith. The hearing officer shall, at the expense of the Law School, conduct a hearing and determine whether a violation has occurred.
    2. Level 2. If the Complainant or the Respondent is not satisfied with the resolution of the grievance after a hearing pursuant to II C(1)(d) above, the following procedures may be pursued:
      1. The Complainant or Respondent may request in writing to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the University, within ten days after receipt of the hearing officer's determination, a review of the determination on the grounds specified in (b) infra. This request shall state the objections to the determination of the hearing officer.
      2. The Vice-President for Academic Affairs shall cause a transcript of the hearing to be made at University expense, and will review the matter only to determine whether the procedures specified herein were followed, and may, in his or her discretion, confirm or vacate and remand the determination of the hearing officer or order a new hearing before such person as the Vice-President may designate.
      3. The aforesaid appeal to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs is the last permissible appeal hereunder, and the decision therein is final, unless it directs that further action be taken. Nothing herein shall affect any right granted under a Statute of Fordham University.

III. Confidentiality

Except when applicable law. court order or governmental authority of competent jurisdiction otherwise requires all persons involved in these grievance procedures shall treat as confidential the identity of any parties to the grievance, all information disclosed during the procedures, as well as the fact of occurrence of the complaint and of the procedures, and the result thereof, except as otherwise provided in this process, an except as otherwise mutually agreed upon by all concerned. Assurances of confidentiality for all parties involved in a grievance need not interfere with the availability and/or presentation of significant or procedural information to interested persons.

IV. Counsel

The Complainant and the Respondent may, at their own expense, be represented by counsel of their choice.

Office of Student Affairs

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Email: LawStudentAffairs@fordham.edu