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Policy Against Sex-Based Discrimination, Harassment, And Sexual Misconduct

To review the full policy booklet, please download the PDF of SVA’s Policy Against Sex-Based Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct at the bottom of this page.


School of Visual Arts is committed to providing equal treatment and opportunity for its students, to maintaining an environment that is free of bias, prejudice, discrimination and harassment, and to establishing fair complaint procedures. The School of Visual Arts does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), pregnancy, age, disability, national origin, military or veteran status, marital status, parental or familial status, alienage or citizenship status, domestic violence status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, partnership status or any other legally protected characteristic (“protected characteristics”) in employment, student admission, or any other programs or activities. In addition, School of Visual Arts complies with applicable state and local laws prohibiting discrimination, including without limitation Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Any inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator or the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. The College is firmly committed to the rights of all members of its community— students, faculty and staff—who must interact through mutual respect and trust to ensure that the campus remains a center of learning. Any student, faculty or staff member who violates College policy by subjecting another to discrimination or harassment of any kind (including sexual discrimination and harassment) will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including immediate expulsion from the College or termination of employment, in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in this policy and the SVA Handbook.


Statement of Equal Opportunity


The School of Visual Arts is committed to providing a working, learning, and living environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. SVA does not discriminate on the basis of gender or any protected characteristic, in admissions, financial aid, employment, or in the administration of any SVA program or activity.


SVA’s policies regarding discrimination, including sexual and other unlawful harassment, reflect its responsibility as an educational institution whose environment must be conducive to learning and mutual trust. Its concern is for all members of the College community—students, faculty and staff. Its procedures are designed to address any alleged violations of policy promptly and with equity to all involved, to maintain privacy if possible and to ensure that retaliation does not occur when rights under this policy are exercised. SVA is committed to provide those who feel that they have been subjected to conduct in violation of this policy with mechanisms for seeking redress and resources for support. Accordingly, SVA prohibits retaliation against any person for complaining about a violation of this policy or for participating in any investigation or proceedings related to an alleged violation.