Institutional Policies


Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provide that no otherwise qualified disabled person (student, employee, or applicant) shall by reason of the disability be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. An otherwise qualified individual with respect to post-secondary education is one who meets the essential academic requirements, and with respect to employment is one who with reasonable accommodation can perform essential functions of the job in question. Dominican College has complied with these principles and intends to continue its compliance.

Anyone having a complaint, observation, about a possible discriminatory act or practice or inquire about a possible accommodation should contact the office of human resources at either 845.848.7824 or Lisa.kayal@dc.edu.


Discrimination and Harassment 

The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and to foster the College’s commitment to providing an educational and working environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

The policy applies to all Dominican College employees, students, volunteers, or contractors, as well as visitors and applicants for admission to or employment with the College.  The application of this policy includes conduct both on and off-campus, including overseas programs, business trips, and business-related social events, etc.

Dominican College is committed to providing a work and academic environment that is free of unlawful discrimination  or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex including pregnancy, gender identity, and transgender status, gender, sexual orientation, actual or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, age, physical or mental handicap or disability, marital or military status, veteran status (including Vietnam era veterans per the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act), domestic violence victim status, familial status, genetic disposition, genetic information, or predisposing genetic characteristics, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, New York, or local law.

In keeping with this commitment, Dominican College maintains a strict policy prohibiting all forms of unlawful discrimination or harassment and discouraging conduct that, while not unlawful, could reasonably be considered unlawful discrimination or harassment.  Furthermore, Dominican College also prohibits retaliation in any form against any persons for their participation or involvement in the reporting, investigation, and/or resolution of matters reported or subject to this policy

Retaliation against anyone who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or otherwise participates in the enforcement of this policy is strictly prohibited. Initiating a complaint of discrimination or harassment will not affect a complainant’s employment, compensation or work assignments or, in the case of students, grades, class selection, or any other matter pertaining to student status.  The College will take appropriate steps to prevent and/or address retaliatory conduct immediately.

Dominican College recognizes the importance of maintaining the right of academic freedom and the College’s determination to protect the full and frank discussion of ideas. Thus, discrimination or harassment does not refer to the use of materials about or discussion of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition, or other status protected by applicable law for scholarly purposes appropriate to the academic context, such as class discussions, academic conferences, or meetings.

Inquiries regarding the enclosed policies and procedures may be made to:
Lisa Kayal, director of human resources, 845.848.7824, lisa.kayal@dc.edu or Christine Dilts Assistant Dean for Student Development & Title IX Coordinator,(845) 848-5012. Christine.Dilts@dc.edu 


Drug and Alcohol free Policy 

In an ongoing commitment to a safe and healthy workplace and educational environment, Dominican College is in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

The use of alcohol or any other drug can lead to serious health risks, increase the likelihood of accidents, impair judgment and cause other life-threatening situations. Any employee who reports to work while under the influence of drugs or alcohol runs the risk of endangering his or her safety and the safety of others, damaging personal or College property, and causing a loss of productivity and workplace morale. It is therefore important that all employees understand and comply with the College’s Drug-free Workplace Policy.

Employees on campus or conducting business on behalf of the College regardless of location are prohibited from all of the following:
Unauthorized and/or unlawful use, possession, purchase, sale, manufacture, distribution, transportation, or dispensation of an illegal drug, controlled substance, or alcohol while on campus or at a College activity;

Reporting to work while under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to narcotics (such as heroin and morphine), cannabis (marijuana, hashish), stimulants (cocaine and amphetamines), depressants (tranquilizers) with the exception of a doctor’s prescription (excluding medical marijuana), and hallucinogens (PCP, LDS, and “designer drugs”);

Use, possession, purchase, sale, manufacture, distribution, transportation, or dispensation of a legal drug in an illegal way;

Possession of paraphernalia used in connection with any illegal substance or controlled substance at work or at a College activity;

Reporting to work while impaired by the use of legal drugs whenever such impairment might subsequently interfere with job performance, pose a threat to the employee’s safety, or to the safety of others.

It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure that the work environment is free of alcohol and drugs when in violation of this policy. Any faculty, administrator, staff member, or student employee who has knowledge of the violation of this policy by another employee are requested to report it immediately to the employee’s supervisor or Human Resources.

Any faculty, administrative, staff, or student employee who is found to be in violation of the College’s Drug-free Workplace Policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action pursuant to College policies and consistent with local, state, and federal laws. Such disciplinary action may include counseling, mandatory participation in an appropriate rehabilitation program, a verbal or written warning, and suspension from or termination of employment. Employees who are required to attend a rehabilitation or drug abuse assistance program must satisfactorily participate in the program as a condition of continued employment. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Employees who wish to seek help in overcoming an abuse problem should see the Director of Human Resources or contact our Employee Assistance Program at (800) 252-4555 or (800) 666-5327. An employee who voluntarily seeks help will not be penalized or discriminated against in any way.  


Tobacco and Smoke Free Campus Policy 

Dominican College is committed to promoting the health and wellness of all students, employees and visitors. Health risks associated with tobacco/smoking/vaping are well documented and constitute significant health hazards.  As such, the College will be designated a tobacco/smoke/vape free campus effective on June 1, 2020.  This is a shared opportunity for all of us to empower each other to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

The mission of Dominican College “is to promote educational excellence, leadership and service in an environment characterized by respect for the individual and the concern for the community.”

Consistent with our mission statement, the College has a responsibility not only to promote the prevention of illness but to set a positive example and demonstrate healthy lifestyles for the community it serves. Tobacco/smoking/vaping are widely recognized as major preventable causes of many diseases in smokers and non-smokers alike. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. All faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors, contract workers, volunteers and any person coming on to the grounds and/or entering the buildings are required to comply with this policy.

Smoking and the sale or use of any tobacco and/or vapor products, including but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, vapor pipes, bongs, hookahs, oral tobacco (spit and spit-less, smokeless, chew, snuff) or any other tobacco material or device is strictly prohibited on the grounds of the campus, and on off-campus properties owned, leased or rented by the College. City-owned streets and sidewalks are excluded from this policy.

Organizers of and attendees at all events, such as conferences, meetings, lectures, social events, cultural events, and athletic events, including property rentals using College property, will be required to abide by the Dominican College Tobacco-Free Policy.

This policy applies to all members of the College community, including but not limited to, faculty, students, and staff.  This includes those employed through contract agencies, contractors, vendors, and contracted parties. This policy applies to all guests, visitors, and any other individuals while on College property.

Effective implementation of the Tobacco Free Policy depends upon the courtesy, respect and cooperation of all members of the Dominican College community. Employees and students who do not comply with this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions that accompany noncompliance with other College rules and/or policies.

Administration of this policy is a shared responsibility and opportunity for all members of the College community to empower each other to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle. The Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy as well as information on quitting the use of tobacco can be found on the Dominican College web site at
https://www.dc.edu/health-safety-wellness/smoke-tobacco-free-policy/ 

Reports regarding employee and volunteer non-compliance should be directed to the violating employee or volunteer’s immediate supervisor.

For students, an incident reporting form can be found on the College Portal at
https://my.dc.edu/ICS/Student_Life


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The purpose of this policy is to ensure equal opportunity to all qualified individuals at Dominican College.  The College applies this policy to all personnel and employment practices, including, but not limited to, hiring, promotion, transfer, recruitment or recruiting advertising, layoff or termination, and compensation, as well as to the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic program, and other school-administered programs.

Dominican College provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex including pregnancy, gender identity, and transgender status, gender, sexual orientation, actual or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, age, physical or mental handicap or disability, marital or military status, veteran status (including Vietnam era veterans per the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act), domestic violence victim status, familial status, genetic disposition, genetic information, or predisposing genetic characteristics, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, New York, or local law (collectively “Protected Status”). In addition, the College complies with applicable state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which it maintains facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
Similarly, Dominican College does not discriminate on the basis of Protected Status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic program, and other school-administered programs, according to Federal, state, and local regulations.

Dominican College expressly prohibits any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment based on an individual’s Protected Status. Anyone determined to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary sanctions, which may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following: dismissal from employment, non-renewal of an employment contract, suspension, expulsion, probation, reprimand, warning, issuance of a no-contact order, training and/or counseling.  


Title IX & Sexual Misconduct Policies 
Dominican College is committed to providing a work and academic environment that is free of unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sex, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, genetic disposition, or any other status protected by applicable law. In keeping with this commitment, Dominican College maintains a strict policy prohibiting all forms of unlawful discrimination or harassment and discouraging conduct that, while not unlawful, could reasonably be considered unlawful discrimination or harassment. Furthermore, Dominican College also prohibits retaliation of any kind against individuals who file valid complaints or who assist in a Dominican College investigation of unlawful discrimination or harassment. The applicable laws defining unlawful discrimination or harassment include, but are not limited to, the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended; the Americans With Disabilities Act; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Moreover, unlawful harassment includes but is not limited to verbal, physical, and visual harassment.

Dominican College recognizes the importance of maintaining the right of academic freedom and the College’s determination to protect the full and frank discussion of ideas. Thus, discrimination or harassment does not refer to the use of materials about or discussion of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, genetic disposition, or other status protected by applicable law for scholarly purposes appropriate to the academic context, such as class discussions, academic conferences, or meetings.

This policy applies to all employees, students, independent contractors, and vendors or others doing business with Dominican College.

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report.

Contact Information for the Title IX Coordinator: Christine M. Dilts, Assistant Dean for Student Development & Title IX Coordinator (845) 848-5012, Christine.Dilts@dc.edu