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Accessibility Statement

We are committed to the ideal of universal web accessibility and strive to provide an accessible web presence that enables all university constituents full access to information provided on this site. Every effort has been made to create the pages within this website as accessible as possible in accordance with the applicable state and federal guidelines.

Please see UB’s Accessibility website for more information.

Campus Safety and Security Information

The University at Buffalo is committed to assisting all members of the university community in providing for their own safety and security. You can find the annual security and fire compliance document, as well as crime statistics, on the University Police website.

Printed copies are available upon request by contacting the University Police Department at Bissell Hall, Buffalo, NY, 14260 or calling the Office of the Chief of Police at 716-645-2227.

Information regarding the university's emergency plans and procedures can be accessed on the University Emergency website.

This information is required by law and is provided by the University at Buffalo Police Department; supporting your right to know!

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Pursuant to university policy, the University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or ex-offender status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the university community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic.

The university’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 406 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260; Tel. 716-645-2266; email aa-diversity@buffalo.edu. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. 646-428-3800; email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

View the complete Discrimination and Harassment Policy  and additional information about the University’s policies and procedures governing discrimination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, religious accommodation, child protection, sexual violence and recruitment  at  http://www.buffalo.edu/equity/policies.html

Privacy Policy

The following discloses the information gathering and use practices of the UB Graduate School website.

Information Gathering

Our policy is to collect no personally identifiable information about you when you visit our website unless you affirmatively choose to make such information available to us. However, our web servers do automatically recognize some non-personal information. Specifically, when you visit the UB Graduate School website, we collect information regarding: your Internet location (IP address), the web page from which you came to our site, the software (and its configuration) you use to visit our site, the dates and times you visit our site, and the pages you visit on our site.

Use of Information

We collect information to improve the functionality and content of the UB Graduate School website and to monitor its performance. We use the information gathered to adapt site content to user needs and to generate aggregate statistical reports that help answer questions about the usage and performance of the site or individual Web pages. Web server logs are retained only on a temporary basis and then deleted completely from our systems. We do not associate or disclose site usage by individual IP addresses - unless required by legally enforceable queries or for investigation of security breaches.

If you choose to share personal information with us, we will not sell that information to commercial entities. Some information must be retained for a designated period of time to comply with Federal or State records retention policies and may be released if required by freedom of information or public record laws. Most student information is confidential pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Security

The UB Graduate School website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of information under our control.

Disclaimer

The UB Graduate School website contains links to other independently administered sites within the University at Buffalo network and to some sites outside the “buffalo.edu” domain. We cannot be held responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Reporting Alleged Copyright Infringement

Please refer to the UB Information Technology website to read our policy on digital copyright compliance and for more information.

Title IX and Sexual Violence

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.  Both men and women have a right to equal access under Title IX.

Title IX’s Protections:

  • Equal opportunities for admission, recruitment, course participation, scholarships and other forms of financial aid, and athletic offerings.
  • Prohibitions against sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and other forms of discrimination based on sex.

UB’s Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion’s Director is the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. 646-428-3800; Email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights

The State University of New York and the University at Buffalo are committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in College/University-wide and campus programs, activities, and employment. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad:

The right to:

  • Have disclosures of sexual violence treated seriously.
  • Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or incident and participate in the conduct or criminal justice process free from outside pressures from college officials.
  • Be treated with dignity and to receive from UB officials courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services.
  • Be free from any suggestion that the victim/survivor is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such a crime.
  • Describe the incident to as few individuals as practicable and not to be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident.

·         Be free from retaliation by the University, the accused, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances.

  • Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or conduct process of the University.

Options in Brief

Victims/survivors have many options that can be pursued simultaneously, including one or more of the following:

  • Receive resources, such as counseling and medical attention;
  • Confidentially or anonymously disclose a crime or violation (for detailed information on confidentiality and privacy, visit UB's Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence.
  • Make a report to:
    • An employee with the authority to address complaints, including the Title IX Coordinator, a Student Conduct employee, or a Human Resources employee;
    • the University Police Department;
    • Local law enforcement; and/or
    • Family Court or Civil Court.

Copies of this Bill of Rights shall be distributed annually to students, made available on every college’s website, and posted in each campus residence hall, dining hall, and student union or campus center and shall include links or information to access the Sexual Violence Response Policy and the Options for Confidentially Disclosing Sexual Violence.

Additional information regarding university resources may be accessed at www.buffalo.edu/equity and http://www.buffalo.edu/studentlife/help/emergency/unwanted-sexual-experience.html.

UB Information Technology Policies

UB Information Technology maintains the official UB Information Technology Policies, along with additional information regarding IT at UB.

If you have questions or suggestions about the privacy statement, the practices of this website, or your interactions with this site, or if you have trouble accessing any portion of this site, please contact the Graduate School Webmaster.