It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York and of Brooklyn College to provide, for all persons, equal educational and employment opportunities in a working and learning environment in which students and employees are able to realize their full potential as productive members of the college community. To this end, it is the college’s policy that its educational and employment programs will be administered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, alienage or citizenship, disability or veteran status, or other factors irrelevant to productive participation in the programs of the college. Further, in keeping with local, state, and federal mandates and recognizing the many benefits that accrue from a community of diverse experience and cultural heritage, the college pledges to act affirmatively in providing employment opportunities for qualified women, racial and ethnic minorities, Vietnam-era veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All Brooklyn College employees — administrators, members of the faculty and staff — and students are expected to cooperate fully in meeting these legal and ethical mandates. For further information, view the City University of New York Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination (pdf) .
Inquiries or complaint-related matters pursuant to any of the equal opportunity laws, including Executive Order 11246, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1974, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments, and others, may be addressed to the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs, 2147 Boylan Hall, 718.951.4128. Students with disabilities may wish, in the first instance, to contact the coordinator of the Center for Student Disability Services, Valerie Stewart-Lovell, 138 Roosevelt Hall, 718.951.5538.
Statement of Nondiscrimination
Brooklyn College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action institution. The college does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, alienage or citizenship, religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran or marital status in its student admissions, employment, access to programs and administration of educational policies.
Natalie Mason-Kinsey is the college Affirmative Action officer, the college's Section 504 coordinator for the disabled and the coordinator for Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination in federally assisted education programs. You may reach her in the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs, 2147 Boylan Hall, 718.951.4128.
Nonattendance Because of Religious Beliefs
Title I, Article 5, Section 224-a of the New York State Education Law provides that:
- No person shall be expelled from or be refused admission as a student to an institution of higher education for the reason that he [or she] is unable, because of his [or her] religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work requirements on a particular day or days.
- Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable, because of his [or her] religious beliefs, to attend classes on a particular day or days shall, because of such absence on the particular day or days, be excused from any examination or any study or work requirements.
- It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school, because of his [or her] religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which he [or she] may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said student such equivalent opportunity.
- If classes, examinations, study or work requirements are held on Friday after 4 p.m. or on Saturday, similar or makeup classes, examinations, study or work requirements shall be made available on other days, where it is possible and practicable to do so. No special fees shall be charged to the student for these classes, examinations, study or work requirements held on other days.
- In effectuating the provisions of this section, it shall be the duty of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to exercise the fullest measure of good faith. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his [or her] availing himself [or herself] of the provisions of this section.
- Any student, who is aggrieved by the alleged failure of any faculty or administrative officials to comply in good faith with the provisions of this section, shall be entitled to maintain an action or proceeding in the supreme court of the county in which such institution of higher education is located for the enforcement of his [or her] rights under this section."
Nondiscrimination for Students With Disabilities
It is the policy of the City University of New York to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as amended, state legislation (Executive Law 296), local law, and applicable regulations promulgated pursuant to these laws to prohibit the exclusion of qualified students with disabilities, solely by reason of their disability, from participation in college programs or activities. Brooklyn College, as a unit of the City University, does not and will not discriminate against qualified students with disabilities in access to its programs and/or services. Disability, for purposes of this policy, is defined to mean a "physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities," such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning, for example.
Brooklyn College will operate its programs and activities so that these programs and activities, when viewed in their entirety, will provide meaningful accessibility to qualified students with disabilities in order to maximize the student’s opportunity to meet the challenges of higher education. Pursuant to this policy, the college will (1) provide individual academic adjustments and auxiliary educational aids and (2) make structural modifications of existing facilities if no other feasible way exists to make a program or activity accessible, as long as no individual academic adjustment, auxiliary educational aid, or structural modification would (1) fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity or (2) result in an undue financial burden to the college.
Regulations that would have the effect of limiting the participation of students with disabilities in the educational program, such as a general rule that would prohibit the use of tape recorders or braillers in the classroom or dog guides in campus buildings, are prohibited.
Students who need individual accommodations in order to participate more fully in college programs or services, pursuant to this policy should direct their needs to the Center for Student Disability Services, 138 Roosevelt Hall, 718.951.5538. The center serves as the primary program for assisting students with disabilities to integrate successfully into the Brooklyn College community and for making determinations of what will constitute appropriate academic accommodations.
In addition, through the Center for Student Disability Services, students have access to the Frank and Mamie Goldstein Resource Center, a special resource center with such assistive technology as voice recognition, voice-synthesized document and screen reading, and screen and document magnification for use on an individual or group basis. Similar equipment is also available at the Brooklyn College Library and the ITS Computing Lab in the West End Building.
If a requested academic adjustment cannot be implemented or if a student believes that she or he is being discriminated against on the basis of a handicap or disability, the student should contact the coordinator of the Center for Student Disability Services, Valerie Stewart-Lovell, 138 Roosevelt Hall, 718.951.5538. Students may also consult with the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs, 2147 Boylan Hall, 718.951.4128, which will, as appropriate, refer the matter to center, attempt to resolve the dispute among the parties, or accept a formal complaint in accordance with applicable procedures.