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More than a half century ago a group of dedicated optometrists and benefactors came together to create an institution that would support optometric education, vision science research and extend quality vision care to all New Yorkers and the surrounding community. The State University of New York College of Optometry evolved from this mission.

Since we opened our doors to our first class of students in 1971, the College has grown to become one of the leading optometric education and vision research centers in the world. The College houses the University Eye Center—one of the largest outpatient vision care clinics in the country—and engages in cutting edge research that is helping to shape the future of optometric care.

Contact Us

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to:

Mr. Douglas Schading
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Room 933
Phone: (212) 938-5882

Inquiries may also be directed to:

United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
32 Old Slip 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Phone: (646) 428-3800
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov

Diversity Statement

State University of New York, College of Optometry is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation. We will consider requests for reasonable accommodations from applicants to facilitate their application or, should they be selected to be interviewed, to facilitate their interview. Applicants with disabilities may phone (212) 938-5880 to discuss, in confidence, any request for reasonable accommodations.

Diversity

Pursuant to State University of New York policy, the College of Optometry is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s 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, criminal conviction, or retaliation. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the College community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The College’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, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Human Resources

In compliance with federal regulations, view a copy of the College’s Annual Security Report.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161 (https://www.goer.ny.gov/exec-161/exec-161-law.cfm), no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.~ If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.