I2: Affirmative Action

Responsibility for Maintenance: Human Resources 

Date of most recent changes: March 27, 2018

I. Policy Statement 

Onondaga Community College is an Affirmative Action employer, committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. The College maintains a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP) that describes the College’s affirmative action policies and commitment to providing an equal opportunity to all students, employees and applicants. The College will make a distinct effort to assure that minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are given full consideration for employment, development and advancement within the College.

II. Reason for Policy 

The College’s Affirmative Action Program reflects the College’s attitude and its intention to recruit, hire, train, promote, and transfer employees without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics or carrier status*, military status (including U.S. Veteran status), domestic violence victim status, prior criminal conviction that is unrelated to the employee's job, or any other characteristic protected by law; establishes the basis for the above mentioned employment action decisions so as to further the principles of equal employment opportunity and the Onondaga Community College Principles of Community; provide equal opportunities, pursuant to Executive Order 11246 as amended by Executive Order 11375, to minority and women employees and applicants; provide equal opportunities pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to qualified individuals with disabilities; and provide, pursuant to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, equal opportunities to those who are qualified protected U.S. Veterans. The College recognizes that achieving equal treatment may require proactive measures to offset obstacles and barriers faced by the protected groups for whom we seek inclusion. 

  • US Department of Labor Executive Order 11246
  • US Department of Labor Final Rule Section 503
  • US Department of Labor Final Rule VEVRAA

III. Applicability of the Policy 

This policy applies to all Onondaga Community College community members. 

IV. Related Documents 

V. Contacts

Subject Office Name Title or Position Telephone Number Email/URL
Questions regarding Policy Human Resources  Vice President, Human Resources (315)498-2516   b.k.scholl@sunyocc.edu


VI. Definition

*GINA Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. This act protects Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information when it comes to health insurance and employment.


VII. Procedures 

Overall responsibility for directing and implementing the policy and the College’s AAP has been assigned to the Vice President, Human Resources, who will evaluate the AAP on an annual basis. Employees may make requests to the Office of Human Resources to review the AAP. 

Approved by the OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006

Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees June 19, 2012

Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees June 17, 2014

Updated and approved by the OCC Board of Trustees March 27, 2018