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Bill S1309-2013

Requires cancellation of classes at state universities on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, unless chancellor grants exemption

Provides that no class or any other course of instruction shall be held in any institution within the state or city university on those days of religious observance known as Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur provided, however, that the chancellor, in his discretion, may exempt any institution from such observance.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1309

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to observance of certain holidays by institutions within the state university and the city university of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit the scheduling of classes on the days of religious observance known as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The education law is amended by adding a new section 361 stating that no class or any other course shall be held within the SUNY system on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A new section 6235 of the education law, stating that no class or any other course shall be held within the CUNY system on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

JUSTIFICATION: Scheduled classes and laboratories on holy days produce a strain and hardship on both students and faculty. In the case of laboratories which are progressive, it is particularly difficult to make up the missed labs. The difficulty is increased because academic activity of all kinds is proscribed on the high holy days. The fulfillment of Jewish religious requirements and neglect of academic duties can cause an emotional hardship apart from actual academic results. Canceling classes on the high holy days would produce occasions when an instructor and student have to make special arrangements for retests, makeup labs, and missed lectures.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This bill has been previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1309 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to observance of certain holidays by institutions within the state university and the city university of New York 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 section 361 to read as follows: S 361. HOLIDAYS TO BE OBSERVED. NO CLASS OR ANY OTHER COURSE OF INSTRUCTION SHALL BE HELD IN ANY INSTITUTION WITHIN THE STATE UNIVERSITY ON THOSE DAYS OF RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE KNOWN AS ROSH HASHANAH OR YOM KIPPUR PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE CHANCELLOR, IN HIS OR HER DISCRETION, MAY EXEMPT ANY INSTITUTION FROM THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6235 to read as follows: S 6235. HOLIDAYS TO BE OBSERVED. NO CLASS OR ANY OTHER COURSE OF INSTRUCTION SHALL BE HELD IN ANY INSTITUTION WITHIN THE CITY UNIVERSITY ON THOSE DAYS OF RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE KNOWN AS ROSH HASHANAH OR YOM KIPPUR PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE CHANCELLOR, IN HIS OR HER DISCRETION, MAY EXEMPT ANY INSTITUTION FROM THE FOREGOING PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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