Syracuse University

Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services

Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services (EOIRS) is a unit of Human Capital Development, whose mission is to think and act broadly across campus to foster a climate of inclusion, opportunity, and diversity. EOIRS works across all divisions of the University to build community and cultivate a culture of respect, safety, and equity that ensures legal compliance but also goes beyond it, in accordance with the University’s values. Its staff is dedicated to educating members of the University community about their rights and responsibilities with regard to how they are treated and treat others, and to assisting those with concerns or complaints.

A focus of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services is to support the University's non-discrimination policies: Syracuse University does not discriminate on any protected basis. This includes in admission, treatment, or access to its programs and activities or in employment in its programs and activities. The University prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category. The protected bases include creed, ethnic or national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Any complaint of discrimination or harassment related to any of these protected bases should be reported to Cynthia Maxwell Curtin, the University’s Chief Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services Officer. She is responsible for coordinating compliance efforts under the various laws including Titles VI, IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She can be reached at Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services, 005 Steele Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1520; or by email: cmcurtin@syr.edu; or by telephone: 315-443-4018.

EOIRS is staffed by four full-time professionals and led by Curtin, associate vice president for Human Capital Development. She also serves as the University’s Title IX and sexual harassment officer. The EOIRS staff is available to assist faculty, staff, students and others on a variety of matters, including:

  • Issues related to SU’s non-discrimination policy, summarized above
  • Sexual harassment, abuse, and assault
  • Gender discrimination related to any Title IX designated activities, including: access; admissions; athletics; counseling; employment; financial assistance; health insurance; housing; learning environment; math and science; standardized testing; technology
  • Disability accommodations (faculty and staff)
  • Affirmative Action Plan administration
  • Educational outreach on any topics related to the above matters
  • Individual and department level assessment and intervention
EOIRS Staff

Cynthia Maxwell Curtin, Associate Vice President, Human Capital Development and Title IX and Sexual Harassment officer. She can be reached at cmcurtin@syr.edu or 443-4018.

Sheila Johnson-Willis, Director of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion. Her responsibilities include affirmative action planning and working with departments on climate assessments. She can be reached at sjohnson@syr.edu or 443-2377.

Dana Butler, Leaves and Disabilities Accommodation Coordinator. Her responsibilities include coordinating disability-related leaves and accommodations for faculty and staff. She can be reached at butlerdl@syr.edu or 443-5367.

Andréa Carter, Office Coordinator, can be reached at agomezca@syr.edu or 443-4018.

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Sexual Harrassment Information and Resources - download PDF brochure

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