Nondiscriminatory Policy

The Cooper Union is committed to providing a working, learning, and living environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and applicable federal, state, and local laws, and our institutional values, The Cooper Union does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, military status, marital status, partnership status, familial status or any other legally protected characteristic, in admissions, financial aid, or employment practices, or in the administration of any Cooper Union educational program or activity, including athletics.

The following staff members have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Coordinator
Grace Kendall, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion
Office: 29 3rd Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003
Email: gkendall@cooper.edu Phone: (212)353-4053

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Mary Ann Nissen, Human Resources Manager
Office: 30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Email: mnissen@cooper.edu Phone: (212)353-4145

Equal Opportunity Officer
Adele Stavish, Human Resources Director
Office: 30 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Email: stavish@cooper.edu Phone: (212)353-4156

Section 504 Coordinator
Christopher Chamberlin, Dean of Students
Office: 29 3rd Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003
Email: chamber@cooper.edu Phone: (212)353-4130

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX, Title VI, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act may also be directed to:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
New York—Region II
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Telephone: (646) 428-3800
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.