Hofstra University is committed to extending equal opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status (characteristics collectively referred to as “Protected Characteristic”) in employment and in the conduct and operation of Hofstra University’s educational programs and activities, including admissions, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs. This statement of nondiscrimination is in compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, the Age Discrimination Act and other applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to nondiscrimination (“Equal Opportunity Laws”). The Equal Rights and Opportunity Officer is the University's official responsible for coordinating its overall adherence to Equal Opportunity Laws. 

Contacts and Resources:

For questions or concerns regarding Equal Opportunity Laws or other aspects of Hofstra’s Nondiscrimination Policy

Equal Rights and Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator for Employee Matters
Denise Cunningham, Vice President for Human Resources & CHRO, 516-463-6859, 205 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549.

Procedures for resolving complaints against employees or other non-students of discrimination or harassment based on any Protected Characteristic, including Title IX

Hofstra University Harassment Policy,
Links: Harassment Policy and Harassment Policy Complaint Form
Freedom from Discrimination policy
Links: FPS 12B, Freedom from Discrimination policy and FPS 12

For questions or concerns regarding Title IX (i.e. nondiscrimination based on sex) involving students

Title IX Coordinator for Student Issues/Director of Student Wellness Education
Brittany Rhoden, 516-463-5841, 127 Wellness and Campus Living Center, Hempstead, NY 11549.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Jennifer Boscarino-Green, Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Outreach and Retention Initiatives, Center for University Advising, 101F Memorial Hall, 516-463-4961
Jodi Langsfeld, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, 227A School of Medicine, 516-463-7145
Cindy Lewis, Senior Associate Director of Athletics, 207 Mack Sports Complex, 516-463-6748
Lisa Monticciolo, Dean of Students and Diversity and Inclusion Officer, 204A Law School, 516-463-4809
Zaibis Munoz-Isme, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 260J Mack Student Center, 516-463-6558
Comila Shahani-Denning, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, 225 West Library Wing, (516) 463-5400
Russ Smith, Director of Residential Education, Wellness and Campus Living Center, 516-463-6931

Procedures for resolving complaints against students of Sexual Assault, Dating or Domestic Violence, Stalking, or discrimination or harassment based on any Protected Characteristic

For Title IX complaints: Title IX Grievance Policy
For complaints of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, not falling within Title IX: Student Policy Prohibiting Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence & Stalking
For complaints of discrimination or harassment based on any Protected Characteristic, not falling within Title IX: Prohibited Bias and Discriminatory Harassment Policy

Disability-Related Issues

For students: Director of Student Access Services, 516-463-7075, Suite 107 Student Center, Hempstead, NY 11549
For employees: Benefits Department, 516-463-6526, 205 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549
Procedure for resolving disability discrimination complaints: Hofstra University Harassment Policy, see link above

Aside from the internal process at Hofstra University, aggrieved parties may also choose to pursue legal remedies outside the University, including through the following governmental entities: 

  • NYS Division of Human Rights, at (888) 392-3644 or dhr.ny.gov/complaint;
  • US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at 800-669-4000 (TTY: 1-800-669-6820), or info@eeoc.gov;
  • US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), or OCR@ed.gov;
  • If the harassment involved may constitute a crime, such as coerced physical confinement or coerced sex acts, contact your local police department.