Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - SUNY Cortland

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Expand your horizons at SUNY Cortland and get ready to participate in valuable, new and exciting experiences. Our collaborative and inclusive learning environment builds communities to achieve academic excellence through diversity and social justice while preparing you to contribute to a global economy.

SUNY Cortland offers a warm, friendly and comfortable place where you are welcomed, respected and encouraged to share your unique background and personal journey as you meet new friends and colleagues who may come from just down the street, anywhere in the United States and all across the world.

You’ll benefit from exchanging dynamic learning opportunities with the interesting people you’ll meet at SUNY Cortland. As you enjoy hearing about their experiences and sharing your own, you’ll discover the many ways you are enriched by these diverse encounters. And you’ll appreciate that your growing awareness and achievements inspire in friends, family, fellow professionals and employers everywhere.

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Bias Related Incident Reporting Form

Report an Incident

We at SUNY Cortland are committed to mitigating behavior and conditions that work against the richness of a diverse and inclusive community. Biased related incidents on the SUNY Cortland campus are of great concern for all members of the campus community. A biased related incident not only impacts people at an individual level, it negatively impacts our entire community. If you have been a victim of a bias-related incident, you can report the information below. While many bias-related incidents may not rise to the level of recognizable action, please know that SUNY Cortland is committed to actively responding to these incidents. The reporting of bias-related experiences is helpful in accessing climate and setting community expectations for the treatment of others. Perpetrators of biased related incidents may face student conduct or human resource action. The faculty or staff person who receives this report will offer support, assistance, and guidance to the victim and will assure that proper campus authorities are notified. A list of campus resources is included at the end of the form.

What should be reported on this form?
This form is available for the reporting of incidents of bias related incidents, including, but not limited to (dis)ability, age, ethnicity, gender/sexism, gender identity/expression, nationality/immigration status, physical appearance, race, faith/non-faith, sexual orientation, and/or socio-economic status/class.

What should not be reported on this form?
Do not use this form to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. If you require emergency assistance, please contact the University Police Department at 607-753-2111 or for off campus incidents call 911.

Will this be anonymous?
Those wishing to be kept anonymous can choose not to identify themselves. Those looking for follow up from a SUNY Cortland administrator should identify themselves. Either way of reporting is very helpful in creating the healthy cultural environment we have as set as a goal a priority at SUNY Cortland. You will see that the form offers both the anonymous and the identifiable options for reporting. We will make every effort to protect the privacy of all involved, but the information you provide in completing this form is not confidential and may be shared as necessary for us to take the appropriate action.

Who should use this form?
Anyone in our campus community can report a bias related incident as it relates to SUNY Cortland. You do not have to be a student/faculty/staff member of SUNY Cortland for you to disrupt bias related behaviors in our campus community.

What happens after I fill out this form?
All information will be sent to our Chief Diversity Officer and shared with the Affirmative Action Officer, in the case of alleged faculty/staff involvement, or the Student Conduct Officer in the case of alleged student involvement. Information will be shared with other areas (Title IX, Residential Life and Housing, President/Cabinet, etc.) if warranted.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council Subcommittees:

1. Inclusive Climate Committee – this subcommittee would be tasked with first defining climate and the areas of concern related to climate and then working to make a recommendation to the council about strategies to address/improve climate issues at SUNY Cortland. The committee will want to make themselves aware of existing surveys and data that are done institutionally and decide how to use that data as well as complement those surveys.
Chair: Lewis Rosengarten
Members: Ginny Levine, Sebastian Purcell, Abby Thomas, Mecke Nagel, Rhonda Moulton

2. Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Profile – this subcommittee would be tasked with research and recommendation around how to elevate our diversity and inclusion presence for the purposes of attracting and recruiting new faculty/staff/students to the SUNY Cortland community. This might include looking at website, materials, outreach, and advertisement around searches and admissions. Dawn and I have been working on this but would like to see a small committee bring this to fruition. There are examples and best practices that can be shared.
Chairs: Dawn Norcross and Bruce Mattingly
Members: Michael Sgro, AnnaMaria Cirrincione, Seth Asumah, Marinda Souva, Mary Kate Boland

3. Welcoming and First Point of Contact Behaviors – this subcommittee would be tasked with looking at what we do and what we could be doing to welcome and retain those who have chosen SUNY Cortland as their new community.
Chair: Ralph Carrasquillo
Members: Carolyn Bershad, Kathryn Coffey, Esa Merson, Lori Schlicht, Kharmen Wingard, Marie Blanden, Michael Bersani

4. Bias Related Protocol and Prevention Strategies – this subcommittee would be tasked with working with responsible agents on campus to revise, implement, and oversee the bias related protocol and processes from reporting intake through possible sanction recommendations (student conduct). This would include but not be limited to: revision and distribution of the bias related protocol, development of an intake instrument, education, and maintenance of such a process. Gemma and I have talked about this and have some examples and suggestions.
Chair, Gemma Rinefierd
Members: Greg Sharer, Nan Pasquarello, Christopher Kuretich, Jean Brown, Vicki Wilkins

SafeZone Training at SUNY Cortland for Faculty and Staff

Multicultural Life and Diversity is excited to provide SafeZone training for faculty and staff. SafeZone was created to support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual and Intersex (LGBTQQIA) community by identifying and training allies.

Allies are individuals in the Cortland community who consider themselves to be open and knowledgeable about LGBTQQIA topics and who choose to provide support, as well as advocate for those who identify as LBGTQQIA. After completing the training, individuals may request a SafeZone sticker that they can use to let others know their space is considered a “SafeZone.” Since its launch in August 2012, we have certified over 90 professionals and 80 students including our president and the vice president of student affairs.

View upcoming SafeZone trainings. Please RSVP at least one week before the training you would like to attend, specifying which training you would like to attend. Please email RSVP with name and department to multicultural.life@cortland.edu. Individuals completing the SafeZone training will receive a SafeZone sticker for their office/space, and will have the opportunity to opt-into being included in an online resource page for the SUNY Cortland community. Spaces are limited. We will notify you via email upon receiving your registration if we are unable to accommodate you in this training and add you to the waitlist for our next training.

     If you would like to arrange this training as a department, please contact Dana Smith or call 607-753-2336. For more information, visit the SafeZone website.


Title IX

Phone: 607-753-4550
Fax: 607-753-5993

Affirmative Action Office   

Phone: 607-753-2302
Fax: 607-753-5994

Human Resources 

Phone: 607-753-2302
Fax: 607-753-5994

Student Conduct

Phone: 607-753-4725
Fax: 607-753-4868

Multicultural Life and Diversity Office

Phone: 607-753-2336
Fax: 607-753-2808

Residence Life and Housing

Phone: 607-753-4724
Fax: 607-753-5984

Student Affairs

Phone: 607-753-4721
Fax: 607-753-2808

Student Government Association

Phone: 607-753-4816
Fax: 607-753-2807

University Police Department

Phone: 607-753-2112
Fax: 607-753-5752

Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies

Phone: 607-753-5784
Fax: 607-753-5694