Monday, December 6, 2021

Governor Hochul Signs Legislation Expanding the Discrimination Protections of the Human Rights Law to Include For-Profit Educational Institutions


Legislation (S.7151/A.7390) Broadens the Definition of 'Educational Institution' in the Human Rights Law to Protect Students Attending For-Profit Colleges, Universities, Career Schools and English as a Second Language Schools

 Governor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation (S.7151/A.7390) expanding the discrimination protections of the Human Rights Law to include for-profit colleges, universities, career schools, and English as a second language schools by updating the definition of a covered 'educational institution.'   

"Every student in New York deserves the chance to learn without shouldering the unacceptable burden of harassment and discrimination in the classroom," Governor Hochul said. "This legislation makes it absolutely clear that we have no tolerance for discrimination or harassment in as many of New York's schools and educational institutions as possible." 

For decades, the Division of Human Rights has accepted, investigated, and adjudicated discrimination complaints from students of both public and private secondary schools and universities. However, this protection has not included students attending for-profit colleges and universities in the state, until now.  

By declaring that the provisions of the Human Rights Law apply to for-profit colleges, universities, career schools and English as a second language schools, as well as both public and private non-profit institutions, New York State will ensure that all students are afforded legal protection against discrimination.  

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