§ 32.1. General authority and purpose.

 (a)  The Board, by virtue of its authority and duty to prescribe standards and qualifications for colleges and universities under section 1 of the act of May 7, 1937 (P. L. 585, No. 150) (24 P. S. §  2421), to adopt broad policies and principles governing the educational programs of the Commonwealth, to require submission of long-range plans from public and private institutions of higher education, and to adopt and periodically review and revise a master plan for higher education under section 2603-B of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. §  26-2603-B), adopted May 10, 1974, a resolution endorsing the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity at institutions of higher education receiving Commonwealth funding. This chapter implements that resolution, in furtherance of the Commonwealth’s strong public policy of equal employment and educational opportunity, as expressed in PA. CONST. art. I, § §  26 and 28 and various State statutes.

 (b)  The purpose of this chapter is to encourage and affirm, and when necessary, apply impetus and sanctions to, institutional efforts to provide equal opportunity in admissions and treatment of students, in educational programs for students, in employment opportunities and in governance, to the end that the educational needs of the diverse citizenry of this Commonwealth are served by the Commonwealth’s rich array of higher education institutions in keeping with their individual missions and charters.


   The provisions of this §  32.1 amended July 17, 1992, effective July 18, 1992, 22 Pa. B. 3739. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (167653).

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