Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on U.S. Department of Education “Beyond the Box” Guide

May 9, 2016

"I commend the U.S. Department of Education for its leadership on this issue, one that has challenged public universities across the country.

"In our continuing effort to provide all New Yorkers access to a quality, affordable higher education that prepares them for success in college and career, and at the direction of our Board of Trustees, SUNY has also been evaluating its application process with regard to those individuals that have a record with the justice system.

"This federal guidance comes at an ideal time in SUNY's own review, as our system-wide workgroup is finishing its vital consultation with campuses and preparing to bring recommendations to our Board.

"In addition, our system-wide Student Assembly recently passed its own progressive resolution recommending we 'move the box.'

"We look forward to reviewing the ‘Beyond the Box’ guide in full so that we can align SUNY's effort."

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