Office of Diversity and Compliance
We pride ourselves at Purchase on creating an atmosphere of acceptance and open-mindedness.
Maintaining such an environment requires guidance and leadership; advocacy and understanding; and adherence to the spirit, not just to the letter, of established laws.
The Office of Diversity and Compliance is the overarching entity that oversees four integral areas to ensure equity, inclusivity, and compliance for all members of the Purchase College community. The four reporting areas of the office are: Title IX, Diversity, Affirmative Action, and Accessibility.
Our office specializes in creating and implementing policies, procedures, and practices that align with the college’s values and ideals to ensure fairness and compliance. We provide support and resources for all to thrive academically, professionally, socially, and personally. We educate and train everyone to fully understand the compliance requirements and our overall expectations regarding diversity, Title IX, affirmative action, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We embrace four words that begin with the letter A to express our commitment to each of the areas we own—Assurance, Acceptance, Access, and Adherence. These are words we live by at Purchase to ensure equitable access, services, and resources to eliminate barriers to success; build community consensus and synergy; and promote an emotionally intelligent and engaging environment that considers and appreciates the unique composition, cultures, needs, talents, and abilities of the Purchase community.
Assurance: Title IX
The college’s Title IX office’s core responsibilities include overseeing the college’s response to Title IX reports and complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports and complaints.
Diversity is the college’s commitment to a community of equity and access to its academic and artistic promise through the acceptance of all aspects of human difference.
Adherence: Affirmative Action
The college is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to service, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.
The college reaffirms its commitment to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in our programs, benefits, and services, including those delivered through electronic and information technology.