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Affirmative Action Compliance Statement

The State University of New York College at Brockport does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity/color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, in admission, employment, and treatment of students and employees. It is, therefore, the policy of SUNY Brockport to provide an academic and work environment free of discriminatory intimidation.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (gender).

Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

Since sexual harassment is generally recognized as a form of sexual discrimination, employees or students who feel they have been harassed can file a complaint under the University's Discrimination Complaint Procedures.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provide that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

A "disability" is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of having such an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of having such an impairment, or being regarded as having one. "Disability" covers a wide range of conditions and includes mobility, vision, hearing, or speech impairments, learning disabilities, chronic health conditions, emotional illnesses, AIDS, HIV positive, and a history of drug addiction or alcoholism.

Accessibility for people with disabilities is often viewed solely as architectural or physical access. The ADA, however, goes beyond this concept to require that all of our services, programs, and activities be accessible. To ensure compliance, SUNY Brockport has designated a coordinator for ADA compliance. The coordinator can be contacted directly to discuss the provision of reasonable accommodations. It is important to note that all inquires will be held in the strictest of confidence. For additional information, please contact the coordinator's office at (585) 395-5409.

Section 224-A of the Education Law of the State of New York

  1. No person shall be expelled from or be refused admission as a student to an institution of higher education for the reason that she is unable, because of his/her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work requirements on a particular day or days.
  2. Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable, because of his/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.
  3. 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/her religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which he/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.
  4. If registration, classes, examinations, study or work requirements are held on Friday after 4 pm or 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.
  5. 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/her availing him-or herself of the provisions of this section.
  6. 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 said institution of higher education is located for the enforcement of his/her rights under this section.
    • a. It shall be the responsibility of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to give written notice to students of their rights under this section, informing them that each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs, must be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements that 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 such student such equivalent opportunity.
  7. As used in this section, the term "institution of higher education" shall mean any institution of higher education, recognized and approved by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, which provides a course of study leading to the granting of a post-secondary degree or diploma. Such term shall not include any institution which is operated, supervised or controlled by a church or by a religious or denominational organization whose educational programs are principally designed for the purpose of training ministers or other religious functionaries or for the purpose of propagating religious doctrines. As used in this section, the term "religious belief" shall mean beliefs associated with any corporation organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes, which is not disqualified for tax exemption under section 501 of the United States Code.

The College is in compliance with these policies. All questions concerning these policies should be directed to:

Affirmative Action Officer
SUNY College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420-2929
Telephone: (585) 395-2109

The Drug-Free Schools And Communities Act Amendments Of 1989 (PL 101-226)

In compliance with "The Drug-free Schools and communities Act Amendments of 1989" as mandated by section 22 of Public Law 101-226, SUNY College at Brockport will make the following information available to all its students and employees annually:

  1. Standards of conduct prohibiting the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol and the disciplinary sanctions the College will impose for violations of laws and standards of conduct which are contained in the revised Codes of Student Social Conduct, the existing Residence Hall System Alcohol Policy, and the employee policy on the use of controlled substances.
  2. The health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse, which are currently discussed in the "SUNY College at Brockport Drug-free College Community Resource Guide."
  3. The legal sanctions imposed by local, state and federal laws for the illegal possession or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol which are contained in the handouts, "What You Should Know About Controlled Drugs and the State Penal Law: Federal Trafficking Penalties, and the Alcohol Beverage Control Law" (chapters 225, 586, 592 of the laws of 1989), are currently available in the "SUNY College at Brockport Drug-Free College Community Resource Guide."
  4. Information on rehabilition, counseling or re-entry programs available to substance users, abusers or people in recovery is available in the "Resource Guide," as well as in the following offices: Student Health Services, Counseling Center, and/or Employee Assistance Program.
  5. The results of a biennial review of our programs, which will be conducted to determine their effectiveness, implement changes to the programs if needed, and ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.

The College is in compliance with these policies.


Trustee Location
Thomas F. Egan, Chairperson Rye
Steve L. Alfasi Bronx
Aminy I. Audi Fayetteville
Christopher P. Conners Niskayuna
Edward F. Cox New York City
John J. Cremins Forest Hills
Randy A. Daniels New York City
Candace de Russy Bronxville
Gordon R. Gross Amherst
Stephanie A. Gross Oneonta
Louis T. Howard Amityville
Pamela R. Jacobs Buffalo
Celine R. Paquette Champlain
Ronald B. Stafford Plattsburgh
Patricia E. Stevens Rochester
Harvey F. Wachsman Upper Brookville


Chancellor (Acting) John R. Ryan, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret)

Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth D. Capaldi

Vice Chancellor and Secretary of the University and President of the Research FoundationJohn J. O’Connor

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Peter D. Salins

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Vacant

Vice Chancellor for Business and Industry Relations Vacant

Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges Carol W. Eaton

University Counsel D. Andrew Edwards, Jr.

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment & University Life Wayne A. Locust

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations Michael C. Trunzo


(Note: *Indicates recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.)

President’s Office: John R. Halstead, President

Executive Assistant to the President: Kathleen H. Groves
Affirmative Action: Adrienne Collier, Affirmative Action Officer
Rochester Equal Opportunity Center: Melva L. Brown, Dean and Director

Academic Affairs: Timothy J. Flanagan, Vice President and Provost

Arts and Performance, School of: Francis X. Short, Dean
Dean of Information Resources/Chief Information Officer/Director of Library: Frank Wojcik
Delta College: Sandra Holinbaugh, Director
Graduate Studies: Susan Stites-Doe, Dean
Grants Development: Colleen Donaldson, Director
Information Technology Support Services: Mary Jo Orzech, Director
Information Technology Systems and Networking Services: David
Strasenburgh, Director
Institutional Research and Planning: Lillian Zhu, Director
International Programs: John J. Perry, Dean
Letters and Sciences, School of: Stuart Appelle, Dean
MetroCenter, Special Sessions and Programs: Karen Schuhle-Williams,
Executive Director
Professions, School of: Christine Murray, Dean
Student Learning Center: Mary Ann Giglio*, Director
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs: P. Michael Fox

Administration and Finance: Louis Spiro, Vice President

Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation: Sandra Mason, Executive Director
Budget and Post-award Activities: Jeffrey Post, Director
Facilities and Planning: Thomas Dreyer, Assistant Vice President
Facility Operations: Richard Lair, Director
Facilities Planning: John Osowski, Director
Finance and Management: Rhonda Devan, Assistant Vice President
Human Resources: Terrence Hooper, Director
Procurement and Payment Services: Dona Hazen, Director
Student Financial Services: James E. Vetuskey*, Assistant to the Vice President and Bursar
Telecommunications: Shannon Sauro-Quill, Director

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs: Ray Di Pasquale, Vice President

Academic Advisement: Thomas Nugent*, Director
Assistant to the Vice President and Director for Student Retention: Marcy Esler
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs: Jill Campbell
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Financial Aid Director: J. Scott Atkinson*
Career Services: Claire VanDenBerghe, Director
College-wide Judicial System: Thomas Rosia, Associate Director, Residential Life
Design and Production: Richard Black, Director
Educational Opportunity Program: Gary Owens, Director
Educational Talent Search: Wilfredo Matos, Project Director
Intercollegiate Athletics: Lin Case, Director
Leadership/Community Development: Karen Podsiadly, Director
Marketing Communications: Christine Florence, Director
Recreational Services: Stephen Kampf, Director
Registration and Records: Peter Dowe, Registrar
Residential Life/Learning Communities: Joseph Franek*, Director
Sports Information Director: TBA
Student Support Services Program: Barbara Mitrano, Director
Students with Disabilities, Office of: Maryellen Post, Coordinator
Undergraduate Admissions: Bernie Valento, Director
University Police/Campus Safety: Robert Kehoe, Chief
Upward Bound: Isabella Mark, Coordinator

Institutional Advancement: Ray Di Pasquale, Interim Vice President

Advancement Services: Susan L. Parrino, Director
Development: TBA
Major and Planned Gifts and Alumni Relations: Michael Andriatch, Director
Special Giving: Tim Gilbert, Director


Council Member Location
Scott M. Turner, Chair Churchville
Peter Arras Batavia
Richard T. Bell, Jr. Fairport
Daniel Hogan Brockport
Frederick J. Holbrook Spencerport
James H. Keeler Albion
Carl V. Petronio Waterport
Kenneth J. Pink Rochester
William H. Sentiff Rochester


The State University of New York's 64 geographically dispersed campuses bring educational opportunity within commuting distance of virtually all New Yorkers and comprise the nation's largest comprehensive system of public higher education.

When founded in 1948, the University consolidated 29 state-operated, but unaffiliated, institutions whose varied histories of service dated as far back as 1816. It has grown to a point where its impact is felt educationally, culturally and economically statewide.

As a comprehensive public university, State University of New York provides a meaningful educational experience to the broadest spectrum of individuals. More than 413,000 students are pursuing traditional study in classrooms and laboratories or are working at home, at their own pace, through such innovative institutions as the SUNY Learning Network and Empire State College.

Of the total enrollment, approximately 36.6 percent of the students are 25 years of age or older, reflecting State University's services to specific constituencies, such as training courses for business and industry, continuing educational opportunities for the professional community, and personal enrichment for more mature persons.

The State University's students are predominantly New York state residents. Representing every one of the state's 62 counties, they make up more than 96 percent of the University's undergraduate student population. State University of New York students also come from every other state in the United States, from four US territories or possessions, and from more than 171 foreign countries. The State University enrolls 40 percent of all New York state high school graduates, and its total enrollment of more than 413,000 (full-time and part-time) is approximately 37 percent of the state's entire higher education student population. Between 1976 and 1997, the University recorded a 167 percent increase in the enrollment of African, Asian, Hispanic and Native Americans, compared with a 63 percent average increase among colleges and universities across the state. In fall 2004, 18.9 percent of all students were minorities.

Because of its structure and comprehensive programs, the State University offers students a wide diversity of educational options: short-term vocational/technical courses, certificate programs, baccalaureate degrees, graduate degrees and post-doctoral studies. The University offers access to almost every field of academic or professional study somewhere within the system-some 6,688 programs of study overall.

Curricula range from those in the more conventional career fields, such as business, engineering, medicine, teaching, performing arts, social work, finance and forestry, to those concerned with tomorrow's developing and societal needs in the areas of environmental science, urban studies, immunology, information systems, biotechnology, telecommunications, microbiology and health services management.

As part of the University's commitment to bring to the students of New York the very best and brightest scholars, scientists, artists and professionals, the State University's distinguished faculty is recruited from the finest graduate schools and universities throughout the United States and many countries around the world. Their efforts are regularly recognized in numerous prestigious awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize.

The State University's research contributions are helping to solve some of today's most urgent problems. At the same time, contracts and grants received by University faculty directly benefit the economic development of the regions in which they are located. State University researchers pioneered nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and the supermarket bar code scanner, isolated the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, developed the first implantable heart pacemaker and the drug ReoPro(r), recommended for heart patients, and developed Avonex(r), an interferon treatment for multiple sclerosis.

The University's program for the educationally and economically disadvantaged, consisting of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) and Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), has become a model for delivering better learning opportunities to young people and adults traditionally bypassed by higher education. Over the past 30 years, almost 482,000 New York state residents have been served.

The 30 locally-sponsored two-year community colleges operating under the program of the State University offer local citizens programs that are directly and immediately job-related as well as degree programs that serve as job-entry educational experience or a transfer opportunity to a baccalaureate degree at a senior campus.

In 1998, the Governor and the Legislature approved a multi-year, $2 billion capital construction program for the University. This investment in critical maintenance will protect the University's infrastructure, valued at nearly $11 billion, and enable the University to keep pace with modern technology for the benefit of its students and faculty.

The State University's involvement in the health sciences and health care is extensive and responsive to the rapid changes in society and the growing needs identified by the state's public health community. Hundreds of thousands of New York's citizens are served each year by medical and health sciences faculty and students in University hospitals and clinics or affiliated hospitals.

The University's economic development services programs provide research, training and technical assistance to the state's business and industrial community through Business and Industry Centers, the New York State Small Business Development Center, the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence, Rural Services Institutes, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Technical Assistance Centers, Small Business Institutes, Centers for Advanced Technology, and international development.

State University libraries, the major resource which supports the teaching and research activities of its students and faculty, are an important community resource too. Nearly six million items circulated by campus libraries in fiscal year 1995-96, another three million items were used in-house and almost a quarter million items were made available to the wider community through interlibrary loan. Increasingly, the circulation methods reflected in these traditional statistics are supplemented by electronic and Internet access. Annual attendance at the University's libraries is more than 21 million students, faculty and public citizens. More than 20 million volumes and government documents are available, as well as nearly 14 thousand CD-ROMS and other computer files. More than two million reference questions were answered, many consisting of requests for help with CD-ROM and on-line database searches.

The University passed a major milestone in the mid-1980s when it graduated its one-millionth alumnus, and currently numbers 2.4 million graduates on its rolls. The majority of the University's alumni reside and pursue careers in communities across New York state, contributing to the economic and social vitality of its people.

The State University of New York is governed by a Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor, which directly determines the policies to be followed by the 34 state-supported campuses. Community colleges have their own local boards of trustees whose relationship to the State University Board is defined by law.

The University's motto is: "To Learn -To Search -To Serve."

Alma Mater

Alma Mater, thy children rise
To thy shrine deserved praise.
Hope and courage thou dost impart
To each loyal student heart.

Friendly flowers and stately trees
Lend new perfume to the breeze.
Dear old campus, lofty halls,
Alma Mater, we love thy walls.

When the fleeting years divide
Us from thee, our gentle guide;
Still our thoughts with thee shall rest,
Alma Mater, Dearest, Best.

Lyrics by a member of the Class of 1916.

Last Updated 11/20/18

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