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Syracuse University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
900 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, New York 13244
(315) 443-1870
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School Information
"With 13 schools and colleges, 200 customizable majors and 100 minors, and online degrees and certificates, Syracuse University provides limitless educational pathways. New interdisciplinary areas ranging from social justice and artificial intelligence to energy and environment provide hands-on research experiences that broaden perspectives and prepare students for the careers of tomorrow. "Syracuse University has five award-winning study abroad centers and international programs in 60 countries to choose from where our students gain global perspectives that last a lifetime. "Life at Syracuse: There are nearly 22,000 students from all over the world taking part in clubs, athletics and gatherings of all kinds. With over 300 student organizations, you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore interests, pursue passions and engage with the Syracuse University community." (Source:
General Information
Syracuse University is taking steps to revise its disciplinary measures. Students were warned by university administrators that they would face consequences if they failed to report "bias-motivated" conduct. Incoming students will be required to take a "diversity, equity, and inclusion module" as part of their training. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • "A diversity, equity and inclusion online module, available through EVERFI, has been added to the suite of online training modules that incoming students are required to complete."
  • Started in January 2021, the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Strategic Plan Taskforce partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to release the five year DEIA Strategic Plan that provides DEIA educational training, programming, and special initiatives to the campus community.
  • SU's 2023 "Academic Strategic Plan" (Draft Framework) states the following: "For staff—and indeed for all members of our community—the University will invest in programming, trainings, and professional development opportunities to truly make DEIA [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility} a shared responsibility for all."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Since Spring of 2021, Syracuse University’s Anti-Racist Algebra Coalition has been exploring anti-racism in algebra education and working “on designing and implementing social justice math units.”
  • In addition to FYS 101, which “covers topics such as discrimination and bias,” all Syracuse University students are required to take a course from the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) core courses that teach about systems of oppression and practices of resistance.
  • As of 2014, the Newhouse School at SU has had a "Diversity Requirement" for students who can then choose one course from an extensive list to meet that requirement.
  • SU's 2023 "Academic Strategic Plan" (Draft Framework) states that "Faculty will need to modernize curricula across disciplines to ensure relevant approaches to DEIA [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility] and internationalization..." Additionally, "Among our students, we will orient our curriculum and academic programs toward fostering a stronger sense of belonging, while we work to ensure equitable and transparent access for our students to the supports that they need."
  • SU's 2023 "Academic Strategic Plan" (Draft Framework) states the following: "From going beyond compliance in accessible buildings, signs, and digital properties to creating antiracist curricula and innovative research opportunities in our many disciplines to nurturing a sense of belonging in our departments, dorms, clubs, and classrooms, the University will dedicate significant effort and resources to building shared ownership and to tracking our progress in this crucial and truly overarching objective."
Disciplinary Measures
  • Students were warned by university administrators that they would face consequences if they failed to report "bias-motivated" conduct.
  • SU's "STOP Bias and Hate" program is a "University-wide initiative that educates the campus community about bias and hate, and provides resources to report and receive support for bias-related or hate incidents."
  • Syracuse University Libraries provides a number of resources and readings on racial justice in order to create an actively anti-racist campus community with readings from notable CRT scholars including Ibram X. Kendi.
  • On July 12, 2021, Syracuse University News linked to an interview with Kishi Ducre, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Associate Professor of African American History in the College of Arts and Sciences, titled “Experts Discuss Controversy Around Critical Race Theory.” The interview focuses on the debate over teaching critical race theory in grade school curriculums.
  • On January 22, 2023, SU's School of Education published a video interview with Professor Barbara Applebaum titled “Willful Ignorance and the Critical Race Theory Controversy.” According to the School of Education, "Applebaum claims that many high-profile anti-'critical race theory' arguments put forth by politicians, scholars, and others are a form of willful hermeneutical ignorance, and she concludes by showing how more just communications, in which disagreement is distinguishable from dismissal, can be achieved."
  • SU News links to three University Professors from the English and Education departments who are listed as "Faculty Experts in Critical Race Theory."
  • SU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion has a "Bias, Racism, and Prejudice" webpage that includes tips for supervisors to facilitate "race discussions" with their students and staff.
  • SU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion has a dedicated resource webpage for Black, Indigenous, People-of-Color (BIPOC) which includes a link to "Racial Equity Academic Symposium Programming."
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion published an extensive list of SU degree programs that "address ideas in new ways, inspire critical thinking, foster conversation, and provoke societal change."
  • The Office of Academic Affairs' "Academic Strategic Planning" engages all members of the SU community and includes the "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA)" working group in order to "shape the process of implementing our shared and cross-cutting values."
Symbolic Actions
  • Syracuse University offers an annual Multicultural Graduation Reception following Commencement.
  • The Office of Inclusive Excellence at the university is committed to “augment and integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion within the college through education, research, dialogue, policy, and assessment.”
  • Syracuse University Athletics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee promotes diversity and equity on campus through education, support, and recognition.
Last updated March 31st, 2024
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