assembly Bill A9505

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to enacting the "fair college admissions act"

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Mar 10, 2022 referred to higher education


A9505 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §239-d, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2023-2024 Legislative Session:
A1423, S4170

A9505 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "fair college admissions act"; prohibits legacy and early admissions policies at colleges and universities in New York; declares such policies and practices to be discriminatory and inequitable.

A9505 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                              March 10, 2022
 Introduced  by  M. of A. WALKER, TAYLOR -- read once and referred to the
   Committee on Higher Education
 AN ACT to amend the education law, in  relation  to  prohibiting  legacy
   preference  and  early decision admission policies at higher education
   institutions in this state

   Section  1.  Short  title. This act may be known and shall be cited as
 the "fair college admissions act".
   § 2. Legislative intent. a. The legislature hereby  finds  that  there
 are  significant  income  gains  associated with postsecondary education
 degree attainment, with New  York  state  residents  with  a  bachelor's
 degree three times less likely to live in poverty than those with a high
 school diploma.
   b. The legislature further finds that students who attend and graduate
 from a highly selective higher education institution in the state of New
 York  are  much  more likely to earn salaries in the top income quintile
 than those who graduate from  less  selective  institutions,  furthering
 economic and social inequality.
   c.  The  legislature  further  finds that within most highly selective
 higher education institutions in New York state, degree completion rates
 for students from low-income and working class  family  backgrounds  are
 comparable to students from upper-income family backgrounds.
   d.  The legislature further finds that many four-year higher education
 institutions in New York state consider whether a prospective student is
 related to alumni as part of the admissions process.
   e. The legislature further finds that providing preferential treatment
 to students related to alumni  of  a  higher  education  institution  is
 discriminatory  in nature and disproportionately hurts students who come
 from working class and low-income families, have  parents  who  did  not
 earn  a  bachelor's  degree,  are  undocumented, are immigrants, and are
 members of historically underrepresented minority groups formerly denied
 entry into specific higher education institutions either as a matter  of
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.