Provides for the development of a comprehensive campus security plan for the state university of New York, the city university of New York and community colleges.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the development of a comprehensive campus security plan
PURPOSE: To allow security officers more enforcement authority, to expand on existing campus security laws and regulations.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
1) A new section 6435-a is created to require each campus to use its existing advisory committees on campus security to establish a comprehensive security plan. It also requires each campus to establish a relationship with its local police force.
2) The plan must address how the campus will respond to various types of emergencies. It must include law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, the use of various communications monitoring and sensor technology and the mapping of campus grounds and facilities.
3) The plan also requires that each campus conduct emergency/drills, to evaluate such drills against standards that have been developed in consultation with local law enforcement and that have been reviewed by the New York State Police.
4) The bill requires SUNY & CUNY to implement several pilot programs in order to test various technologies related to the identification of security threats and; how to respond to those threats.
5) The legislation also requires each campus to establish a protocol for the reporting of instances when there is a concern regarding the mental health of a student and it also requires that such campus increase the number of mental health counselors and provide funding for SUNY and CUNY to increase those numbers.
JUSTIFICATION: This bill is an effort to address campus security issues for two perspectives. The first is the importance of securing the safety of all students and personnel on a college campus. The second is to ensure that each campus develop a process to handle mental health is sues in a manner consistent with the interests of the individual and his or her privacy and the safety of all college personnel and students. As we learned from the tragic events of Virginia Tech, the security and safety of students and college personnel can be related to the mental health of those on campus.
In order to address these issues this legislation requires that every college develop a comprehensive security plan that includes integration of local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel in response to emergency situations. It also requires that these campuses conduct emergency drills and allow SUNY & CUNY to develop pilot or demonstration projects to test various technologies that could improve our ability to monitor, identify and respond to security related threats.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.1805; 2009-10 S.876; 2007-08. S.6264-A.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect the 30th day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1554 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- 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 the development of a comprehensive campus security plan 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 6435-a to read as follows: S 6435-A. COMPREHENSIVE CAMPUS SECURITY PLAN. 1. THE PRESIDENT OR CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF EVERY COLLEGE CHARTERED BY THE REGENTS OR INCORPORATED BY SPECIAL ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE INCLUDING ALL STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES, SHALL WORK WITH THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CAMPUS SECURITY, AS ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-FOUR HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE OF THIS ARTICLE TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE CAMPUS SECURITY PLAN FOR THE COLLEGE. SUCH PLAN SHALL INCLUDE: A. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: THE COUNTY SHERIFF, THE STATE POLICE OR THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT. B. THE COORDINATION OF VARIOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICE AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL, BOTH ON AND OFF CAMPUS, IN RESPONSE TO EMERGEN- CIES ON, IN OR AROUND THE CAMPUS. C. THE USE OF VARIOUS COMMUNICATIONS, MONITORING AND SENSOR TECHNOLO- GIES IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE SAFETY OF ALL CAMPUS PERSONNEL, TO COORDI- NATE THE ACTIVITIES OF ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSON- NEL ON AND OFF CAMPUS, TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL THREATS TO THE CAMPUS SECURITY AND TO RESPOND TO ANY EMERGENCY ON CAMPUS. D. PROVIDE FOR THE DETAILED MAPPING OF ALL CAMPUS ROADS AND FACILITIES INCLUDING THE INTERNAL MAPPING OF EACH CAMPUS FACILITY, WHICH SHALL BE MAINTAINED IN A SECURED LOCATION BY THE CAMPUS AND BY THE LOCAL LAWEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06169-01-3 S. 1554 2
ENFORCEMENT ENTITY THAT HAS A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CAMPUS PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH A OF THIS SUBDIVISION. ONLY THOSE AUTHORIZED IN THE PLAN MAY HAVE ACCESS TO SUCH CAMPUS MAPS. 2. AS PART OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AS ESTABLISHED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION EACH CAMPUS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL CONDUCT DRILLS IN RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. SUCH DRILLS WILL IMPLEMENT THE COMPREHENSIVE CAMPUS SECURITY PLAN AS IT RELATES TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THE DRILLS SHALL INCLUDE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, CAMPUS SECURITY OFFICERS OR PEACE OFFICERS, THE INSTITUTION'S PERSONNEL AND STUDENTS. 3. THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, AND INDEPENDENT SECTOR BOARDS OF TRUSTEES SHALL EVALUATE THEIR EMERGENCY DRILLS IN TERMS OF OVERALL RESPONSE TIME, COMPLIANCE OF CAMPUS PERSONNEL AND ALL OTHERS ENGAGED IN ITS IMPLEMENTATION. STANDARDS FOR RESPONSE TIME, COMPLIANCE WITH CAMPUS PERSONNEL AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE DRILLS SHALL BE ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR EACH STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK CAMPUS IN CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. SUCH STANDARDS SHALL BE REVIEWED BY THE NEW YORK STATE POLICE. 4. THE STATE UNIVERSITY AND CITY UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO IMPLEMENT SEVERAL DEMONSTRATION OR PILOT TYPE PROGRAMS TO TEST VARIOUS TECHNOLOGIES AS RELATED TO IDENTIFY- ING SECURITY THREATS AND RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. SUCH DEMON- STRATION OR PILOT PROJECTS SHALL BE REVIEWED BY AND INCLUDE THE PARTIC- IPATION OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MUST BE EVALUATED BY THE RESPECTIVE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 5. EACH CAMPUS SHALL IMPLEMENT A PROTOCOL FOR THE REPORTING OF INSTANCES WHERE THERE IS CONCERN REGARDING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF A STUDENT. SUCH PROTOCOL WILL REQUIRE THAT IN THE EVENT THAT A CREDIBLE REPORT IS MADE REGARDING A STUDENT, THAT THE STUDENT BE INTERVIEWED AND A RECOMMENDATION BE MADE REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF THE CASE. SUCH PROTO- COL SHALL BECOME PART OF THE INSTITUTION'S GENERAL GOVERNING POLICY AND GENERALLY COMMUNICATED TO ALL CAMPUS EMPLOYEES. THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK BOARD OF TRUSTEES, THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK BOARD OF TRUSTEES, AND THE BOARDS OF TRUSTEES OF ALL OTHER CAMPUSES SHALL ESTAB- LISH REGULATIONS AS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISION OF THIS SECTION. S 2. The state university of New York and city university of New York board of trustees are hereby authorized and directed to, within the funds appropriated for, increase the number of licensed mental health counselors available to students. This effort is intended to increase the counselor-to-student ratio toward an appropriate and more nationally recognized threshold, based on the nature of the campuses. The funds made available to implement this section shall be utilized to supplement existing services and shall not be substituted for services currently being funded by state or other sources. For the state university of New York, no more than 70 percent of the newly licensed mental health coun- selors recruited shall be distributed to state-operated campuses and no less than 30 percent to community colleges. For the city university of New York, no more than 50 percent of the newly licensed mental health counselors recruited shall be distributed to senior colleges and no less than 50 percent to community colleges. S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.