Non-Discrimination Policy Statement


"In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor for the U​.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (U.S. 2003).

It is the policy of Albany Law School to provide equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, political affiliation or age. Equal educational opportunity includes, but is not limited to: admissions, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, facilities use, access to course offerings, financial aid and employment. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to: recruitment, hiring, assignment of duties, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, compensation, training, benefits and all other terms and conditions of employment.

This policy is derived from the laws summarized in Appendix A. Albany Law School shall comply with the letter and the intent of all federal and state laws and executive orders.

Albany Law School is committed to its support of the principles of equal opportunity for students, faculty and staff and endeavors to enhance diversity within the Law School community. Faculty, staff and students are charged with conducting themselves in conformity with these principles and in accordance with this policy.

Student inquiries regarding the Law School's equal opportunity policy should be directed to the Director of Diversity (518-445-3284). Employee inquiries regarding the Law School's equal opportunity policy should be directed to the Director of Human Resources (518-445-2396).


Federal Laws

The following federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in any conditions of employment including recruitment, hiring, layoff, discharge, and recall; opportunities for promotion; participation in training programs; wages and salaries; paid time off and pay; overtime work and pay; medical, life and accident insurance; and optional and compulsory retirement. Federal law also prohibits discrimination against participants in federally assisted higher education institutions, including Albany Law School, in educational, extracurricular and athletic programs offered by the institution.

The EQUAL PAY ACT OF 1963. The first sex discrimination legislation enacted, requires equal pay for equal work regardless of sex. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 extends the coverage to executive, administrative, and professional employees, including all faculty, and to outside sales people.

TITLE VI OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 forbids discrimination against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin in all federally assisted programs. Employment is not generally covered except when employment is the purpose of the assistance.

TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 as amended by the EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 1972 forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, or sex in any term, condition, or privilege of employment by unions and by employers. The law was amended on March 24, 1972 to cover all public and private educational institutions, as well as state and local governments. It applies to all employers, public or private, whether or not they receive any federal funds. Title VII covers all private employers of fifteen or more persons.

AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT OF 1975 as amended in 1978 prohibits discrimination in employment against individuals from age 40 to age 70.

SECTION 402 OF THE VIETNAM ERA VETERANS READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1972 provides that disabled and other veterans of the military service should have every opportunity for employment and promotion commensurate with their abilities and qualifications.

SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 provides that handicapped people should have every opportunity for employment and promotion commensurate with their abilities and qualifications. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Education gives grants of financial assistance to many colleges and universities, including Albany Law School. Section 504 requires that such colleges and universities provide covered students with disabilities with appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services that are necessary to afford them an equal opportunity to participate in the school's programs. Section 504 also prohibits harassment against students and other participants in covered colleges and universities because of their disabilities.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in all aspects of employment. The law also requires that covered entities provide qualified applicants or employees with disabilities with reasonable accommodations that do not pose undue hardship.

State Laws

The NEW YORK STATE HUMAN RIGHTS LAW forbids discrimination in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or marital status of any individual. The New York State Human Rights Law applies to all employers with four or more employees.​