Prohibits secondary schools and higher education institutions from withholding student transcripts for failure to pay tuition.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting secondary schools and colleges from withholding student transcripts for failure to pay tuition
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Allows students to obtain their academic transcript in the event tuition has not been paid.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 Amends the education law by adding a new Article 2-A. Prohibits public or private educational institutions from withholding student transcripts in the event such student has not paid tuition. Creates a Class A misdemeanor for failure to comply with this section.
Section 2 Effective Date
EXISTING LAW: None.
JUSTIFICATION: As a result of the current recession, difficulties with paying tuition have become more and more common. Whether the student is paying for his or her own education, or parents are paying for their child's tuition, it is the student who suffers. The problem is exacerbated in situations when a student's transcript needs to be sent from one school to another. Schools frequently will not release transcripts if the tuition is not fully paid.
This bill would prohibit an educational institution from withholding a transcript for failure to pay tuition. Failure to comply with this provision would be a Class A misdemeanor..
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2012: S.503 - Referred to in Education 2011: S.503 - Defeated in Education 2010: S.8493 - Referred to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: First of November after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 12 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. DIAZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting secondary schools and colleges from withholding student transcripts for failure to pay tuition THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new article 2-A to read as follows: ARTICLE 2-A PROHIBITION AGAINST WITHHOLDING STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS SECTION 20. PROHIBITION AGAINST WITHHOLDING STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS. S 20. PROHIBITION AGAINST WITHHOLDING STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS. 1. NO PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY SCHOOL OR COLLEGE AS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL WITHHOLD A STUDENT'S TRANSCRIPT FOR FAILURE TO PAY PAST OR PRESENTLY DUE TUITION. 2. WILLFUL FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00927-01-3