Policies & Procedures

Bramson ORT College - Non-Discrimination, Safety, and Health Policies

Bramson ORT College does not discriminate on the basis of, or the perception of, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability (mental, physical or emotional), age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status and medical condition in its educational employment programs and activities. Bramson ORT College does not discriminate in admissions of students, employment or in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other College administered programs.

Harassment of students due to race, color, and/or national origin is a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A racially hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic or physical conduct related to an individual's race, color, or national origin that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive so as to interfere with or limit the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the College’s programs or activities.

Aicha Cesar
Civil Rights Compliance Officer
718-261-5800, Extension 1075
acesar@bramsonort.edu
718-704-1407 (TTY, Main Campus)
718-234-4022 (TTY, Brooklyn Extension Center)


The safety, health, and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff are important to Bramson ORT College. The College Catalog, the Student Handbook, the Non-Discrimination, Safety, and Health Policies Handbook and the College website in compliance with State and Federal Regulations, detail policies and programs designed for your protection and well-being.

Please take the time to read the important information contained in these College publications. Bramson ORT College reserves the right to make changes in this pamphlet. The policies, procedures, regulations, and any other information contained herein are all subject to change.

The Non-Discrimination, Safety, and Health Policies are correct as of and is effective with the current semester. The content in this page is subject to change without notice and is to be used for informational purposes only. All material in Bramson ORT's Policies and Procedures is produced by our community, but is neither approved nor verified by Bramson ORT College.

  • Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
  • Rights of Persons With Disabilities
  • Sexual Discrimination/Sexual Harassment
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Awareness
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
  • Hate crimes Prevention and Awareness
  • Security and Crime Prevention and Awareness

  • The Bramson ORT College Non-Discrimination, Safety, and Health Policies Handbook PDF File can be found here.

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    Bramson ORT College's Grievance Procedures

    Bramson ORT College is committed to providing an educational and work climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each student.  Bramson ORT is committed to the maintenance of an academic environment that is free of discrimination and complies with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

    Civil Rights
    Bramson ORT College does not discriminate on the basis of, or the perception of, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability (mental, physical or emotional), age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status and medical condition in its educational employment programs and activities.  Bramson ORT College does not discriminate in admissions of students, employment or in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other College administered programs.

    Harassment of students due to race, color, and/or national origin is a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A racially hostile environment may be created by oral, written, graphic or physical conduct related to an individual's race, color, or national origin that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive so as to interfere with or limit the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the College’s programs or activities.

    SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION/SEXUAL HARASSMENT
    Sexual harassment, a form of discrimination based on sex, is a violation of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment Act.  Sexual harassment can take many forms and is generally defined as an unsolicited, offensive behavior toward another. It can be, but is not limited to, the following: verbal, written, or computer-transmitted harassment consisting of suggestive comments, innuendo, insults, humor or jokes; propositions; threats; nonverbal harassment consisting of obscene gestures, leering or ogling; physical harassment consisting of touching, patting, pinching, brushing the body; coerced sexual intercourse; assault.

    Bramson ORT College complies with Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 which protects persons from discrimination on the basis of sex in the operation of its educational programs and hiring practices. Bramson ORT College seeks to maintain a work and academic environment free of sexual harassment and intimidation. It is a violation of policy for any member of the College community to engage in sexual harassment or to take action against an individual for reporting harassment. According to the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

    • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic standing;
    • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual; or
    • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.”

    Persons seeking information about Title IX of the Educational Amendment Act of 1972 or persons who believe they are being discriminated against solely on the basis of their gender may contact the Civil Rights Compliance Officer: Aicha Cesar at 718-261-5800, Extension 1075 or acesar@bramsonort.edu.

    RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
    In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Bramson ORT College prohibits any form of discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of physical disabilities or learning disabilities for all educational and employment purposes, including admissions evaluation and placement, programs, activities and courses, counseling, financial aid, loans and scholarships, and employment. The College does not discriminate against any qualified student with a disability in any of its academic programs, activities or services.

    Within reasonable means and without causing undue financial hardship to the College, the Office of the Dean of Academic Services will assist students with disabilities to obtain auxiliary aids and devices from governmental units including referrals to state vocational rehabilitation agencies or to private charitable organizations. Students with disabilities are expected to use self- help in obtaining and maintaining funding from outside sources for required auxiliary aids and devices. While the College cannot assure the availability of necessary auxiliary aids and devices at the start of any particular semester, students who believe they will need such accommodations are advised to notify the Office of the Dean of Academic Services at least eight (8) weeks prior to the first day of classes for that term.  Such notice is required in order to give the student and Bramson ORT College a reasonable period of time in which:

    • To evaluate whether the requested assistance is necessary to provide the student an equal opportunity to benefit from the College education program without resulting in undue hardship to the College;
    • To identify sources for purchasing, leasing, or hiring any technical learning devices;
    • To obtain funding, if possible, for auxiliary aids and devices from appropriate governmental or charitable agencies.

    The Civil Rights Compliance Officer coordinates the implementation of the regulations contained in Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any student and employee who believes rights and benefits under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act have been denied may file a grievance. The internal procedure for filing and resolving complaints of discrimination may be found in the section titled “Bramson ORT College Student Grievance Policy” in the Student Handbook.

    Disability harassment, a form of discrimination based on disability, is a violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Disability harassment can take many forms.  It is commonly defined as "intimidation or abusive behavior toward a student based on disability," and includes "verbal acts and name-calling, as well as nonverbal behavior, such as graphic and written statements, or conduct that is physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating."

    BRAMSON ORT COLLEGE STUDENT GRIEVANCE POLICY

    The following informal and formal procedures are the means of resolving a complaint to investigate allegations of civil rights discrimination in a prompt and fair manner. While in many cases it is expeditious to make an informal complaint, the use of informal procedures is not a prerequisite to initiating formal procedures. The College suggests that the complainant keep copies of all correspondence related to the matter. Any informal or formal complaint should be referred to the Civil Rights Compliance Officer:

    Aicha Cesar
    Civil Rights Compliance Officer
    Telephone: 718-261-5800, Extension 1075
    Email: acesar@bramsonort.edu
    718-704-1407 (TTY, Main Campus)
    718-234-4022 (TTY, Brooklyn Extension Center)

    No action will be taken against the student for filing a complaint.

    The informal and formal grievance policy procedures only pertain to discrimination issues related to civil rights, sexual harassment and disability and do not pertain to issues of an academic or workplace nature.

    INFORMAL COMPLAINTS
    We encourage the complainant to speak with the person who he or she believes is responsible for the violation of a Bramson ORT policy.  If that is not possible, the complainant may reach out to the Dean of Academic Services and/or the Civil Rights Compliance Officer (CRCO).  If the complainant believes that he or she has suffered sexual harassment or assault, he or she should not approach the alleged person. The complainant is encouraged to complete the Bramson ORT Grievance Form and describe the alleged violation with as much detail as possible, including date of the occurrence(s) complained of, the person(s), and the department involved as documentation. The Dean of Academic Services and/or the Civil Rights Compliance Officer should attempt to resolve the complaint within 10 working days.  The complainant’s confidentiality will be maintained to the extent provided by the law. If the complaint is resolved, no further action will be taken.

    If the complaint has not been resolved satisfactorily as determined by the complainant, he or she should consider filing a formal complaint.  Also, the complainant may change his/her mind and file a formal complaint at any time.   No retaliatory action will be taken against the complainant for filing a complaint. 

    If the complaint has not been resolved satisfactorily as determined by the complainant, he or she should consider filing a formal complaint. No retaliatory action will be taken against the complainant for filing the complaint. 

    FORMAL COMPLAINTS

    STEP 1:
    A formal written complaint may be filed with the Civil Rights Compliance Officer within the following timeframes:

    • Within 30 working days from the occurrence of or from the first time that the complainant became aware of a possible violation of civil rights OR;
    • Within 30 working days of the filing of an informal complaint OR;
    • Within 20 working days following the notification of the decision of an informal complaint.

    For all formal and informal complaints, timelines may be extended for just cause.

    Persons with disabilities must be furnished auxiliary aids and services to enable them to file a complaint and participate effectively throughout the complaint process.

    The CRCO will schedule a meeting within five (5) working days. The complainant will be advised of his or her rights and options in an attempt to resolve the grievance.  The complainant must complete the Bramson ORT Grievance Form and describe the alleged violation with as much detail as possible, including date of the occurrence(s) complained of, the person(s), and the department involved. No further action will be taken if the complaint is not received in writing.  Some complaints may also fall within the jurisdiction of an agency or organization other than the College. These complaints may be referred to the entity with appropriate jurisdiction.

    STEP 2:
    Within 15 working days from the filing of a formal complaint with the Civil Rights Compliance Officer, the Human Resources Director will communicate to the complainant and the accused the status of the investigation, the findings and recommendations of the Civil Rights Compliance Officer.  The Human Resources Director will review and make a written determination regarding the complaint. The written determination, stating any appropriate corrective measures, will be issued by the Human Resources Director within 45 working days of the filing of the formal complaint.

    STEP 3:
    The complainant and the accused may appeal the determination to the President of the College.  The appeal must be made in writing and within 10 working days from the date of the determination notification by the Human Resources Director.  The College President will make a final determination within the 10 working days from the date the appeal letter was received. The decision of the President of the College is the final step in the Bramson ORT complaint process.

    STEP 4:

    Any person at any time may file a written complaint with:

    Any person, who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the internal civil rights complaint, may file a written complaint with:

    Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - Enforcement Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    32 Old Slip, 26th floor
    New York, NY 10005-2500

    Telephone: 646-428-3900
    FAX: 646-428-3843; TDD: 800-877-8339
    Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov
    http:www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.pdf

    For all formal and informal complaints, timelines may be extended by mutual consent. All complaints are confidential and no retaliatory action will be taken by Bramson ORT College against the complainant for filing the complaint.  Records will be maintained for at least three (3) years after the disposition of all formal complaints.

    Bramson ORT College reserves the right to make changes in this Handbook. The policies, procedures, regu­lations, and any other information contained herein are all subject to change. The content in this book are subject to change without notice and are to be used for informational purposes only. 


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