IN RE: Stephanie Domenici CABONARGI

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IN RE: Stephanie Domenici CABONARGI, Petitioner–Respondent, v. The CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, et al., Respondents–Appellants.

Decided: January 10, 2013

FRIEDMAN, J.P., SWEENY, ACOSTA, ABDUS–SALAAM, MANZANET–DANIELS, JJ. Eric T. Schneiderman, Attorney General, New York (Sudarsana Srinivasan of counsel), for appellants. Joel Field, White Plains, for respondent.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Anil C. Singh, J.), entered April 15, 2011, which granted the petition challenging respondent The City University of New York's determination to dismiss petitioner from the doctoral program in environmental psychology, and directed respondent to reconsider its dismissal of petitioner, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, the order vacated, the petition denied, and the proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR article 78 dismissed.

The court, in making its decision, improperly considered an email from petitioner's academic advisor that was never presented at the administrative level (see Matter of Yarbough v. Franco, 95 N.Y.2d 342, 347 [2000] ). Indeed, the email was issued after respondent's final determination. When considering the evidence presented at the administrative level, respondent's determination concerning petitioner's academic qualifications was rational, and was made in good faith and in accordance with its own rules (see Matter of Olsson v. Board of Higher Educ. of City of N.Y., 49 N.Y.2d 408, 413–414 [1980]; see also Maas v. Cornell Univ., 94 N.Y.2d 87, 92 [1999] ).

We have considered petitioner's remaining contentions and find them unavailing.