Affirmative Action Policy Statement
Pace University is committed to achieving full equal opportunity in all aspects of University life. Pursuant to this commitment, the University does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived sex, gender or gender identity; race; color; national origin; religion; creed; age; disability; citizenship; marital or domestic partnership status; sexual orientation or affectional status; genetic predisposition or carrier status; military or veteran status; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking; or any other characteristic protected by law federal, state or local law, rule or regulation.
Equal Opportunity Policy Statement
In line with its commitment to equal opportunity, the University will take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote and educate minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam-era veterans.
Pace University fully complies with all federal and state legislation and regulations regarding discrimination.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Pace University reaffirms the principle that its students, faculty and staff shall be free from sex discrimination. Sexual offenses such as rape, sexual abuse, or discrimination in the form of sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
Sexual harassment in any situation is reprehensible; it is particularly damaging when it exploits the educational or professional dependence and trust between individuals with different levels of authority. When the authority and power inherent in such relationships, whether overtly, implicitly, or mistakenly, are abused, there is potentially great damage to the individual, the alleged offender, and to the educational and professional climate of the University.
Sexual harassment is defined under University policy as an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship, or to subject a person to unwanted sexual attention, or to punish a refusal to comply or to create a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Sexual harassment includes a wide range of behaviors, from the actual coercing of sexual relations to the unwelcome emphasizing of sexual identity, verbal harassment or abuse, unwelcome sexual advances and unnecessary touching. This definition will be interpreted and applied consistent with accepted standards of mature behavior, academic freedom, and freedom of expression.
Members of the University community who believe they have been sexually assaulted or harassed may obtain redress through the established informal and/or formal procedures set forth in the University Discrimination Grievance Procedure. All complaints will be addressed promptly and equitably. The informal channels are designed to provide counseling and an evaluation of options — all completely confidential and off the record. The formal procedures handle cases when the charge is written and signed and can result in an investigation.