Non-Discrimination in Research

The City University of New York (CUNY) does not discriminate based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, physical, or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in connection with any aspect of employment at CUNY, or in its research agreements. CUNY also prohibits discrimination for any reason in students’ admission and the administration of its educational policies and programs.

The CUNY Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination policy can be found here.

If an individual has a complaint of discrimination, a written complaint should be made to the CUNY SPH Chief Diversity officer

Non-Discrimination in Research Agreements

The University does not enter into research agreements that permit discrimination based on citizenship against individuals engaged in research activities proposed or conducted under its auspices. Under certain circumstances, where and to the extent permitted by applicable law, an exception to this policy may be considered concerning citizenship restrictions.

Provisions for Exceptions in Regard to Citizenship

Funding Mechanisms

Generally, PIs and other personnel supported by Federal research grants are not required to be U.S. citizens; however, some Federal programs/mechanisms have a citizenship requirement. The program announcement (PA) or request for applications (RFA) will state any citizenship requirements.

Funding mechanisms that can be limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents include:

  • Training Grants, Scholarships or Fellowships
  • “Early Career” Type Awards

Export Control or Other Regulations

In rare circumstances, the conduct of research may require that a member of the research group must meet specific citizenship requirements to obtain or have access to certain proprietary or U.S. Government-restricted information, where that information is subject to security classification, export control, or other regulatory restrictions. Such information or access may be accepted only to the extent that they meet the provisions of CUNY’s Openness in Research policy.

Related Resources

Guidelines for export control