The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) serves as New York University’s (NYU) coordinator for compliance with the religious accommodation provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal, state, and local analogues. Collectively, these laws require employers to provide reasonable religious accommodations to qualified prospective and current employees, unless doing so would cause undue hardship.

Types of Accommodation

Depending on the circumstances, accommodation requests may relate to work schedules, dress and grooming, or religious expression or practice while at work.

Process and Procedure

Requests for accommodation can be made to OEO in person (at the address 665 Broadway, NY, NY 10003), by phone (at the number 212-998-2370), or by email (

Interactive Process and Cooperative Dialogue. Upon receiving a request for accommodation, OEO will engage with a prospective or current employee in what is known as the “interactive process and cooperative dialogue.” The purpose of the interactive process and cooperative dialogue is to understand the needs of the prospective or current employee and, based on the circumstances, to identify any reasonable accommodations.

Upon reaching a final determination at the conclusion of the interactive process and cooperative dialogue, the OEO will provide the requestor with a written final determination identifying any accommodation granted or denied.

Effective Date: October 2, 2018
Supersedes: May 9, 2017