Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility

Updated August 27, 2019

As one of the nation’s leading public research universities, the University at Buffalo is committed to achieving inclusive excellence by leveraging our research expertise, expansive curriculum, and campus diversity. Recognizing that a diverse, equitable and inclusive community is an essential foundation for achieving excellence and success, UB has long been committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity on campus, and we aspire to be a national leader in advancing diversity-related scholarship and education.

UB is dedicated to bringing the benefits of its research, scholarship and creative activity and educational excellence to global and local communities in ways that impact and positively change the world.  We view the three traditional pillars of the public higher education mission—research, education and service—as interdependent endeavors that continually enrich and inform each other. Groundbreaking research, transformative educational experiences and deeply engaged service to its communities define UB's mission as a premier, research-intensive public university.

Pursuant to university policy, UB 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, gender expression, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status or criminal conviction 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.