Bill S1849-2011

Amends provisions regarding prescriptions for and supervision over student housing and safety by councils of SUNY state-operated institutions

Amends provisions regarding prescriptions for and supervision over student housing and safety by councils of SUNY state-operated institutions: provides that councils shall (in prescribing for and exercising supervision over student housing and safety) explicitly provide for training for campus security and other institutional personnel, including campus disciplinary or judicial boards, that addresses issues of rape, sexual harassment and other gender-motivated offenses; the development of support services and programs, including medical or psychological counseling, specifically targeted to assist victims of rape or other gender-related offenses; the creation, dissemination and provision of assistance and information about options available to such victims regarding the bringing of disciplinary or other legal action; and implementation of rape education and prevention programs; defines gender-motivated offense.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Jan 13, 2011: REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1849

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the education law, in relation to the powers and duties regarding student housing and safety of councils of state-operated institutions

PURPOSE:

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

This bill amends paragraph h of subdivision 3 of section 356 of the education law. It adds to the powers of SUNY campus councils and makes them responsible for specific campus safety issues. The areas of responsibility include training, support services, victims assistance, prevention programs, and orientation and educational materials.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Senate Democratic Task Force on Women's Issues held hearings in Rochester, Buffalo, and Westchester on the Issue of crimes against women on college campuses. One of the major conclusions from the hearings was that victims assistance services and counseling needed improvement. The Task Force has found that there is a great need for more sensitivity by college staff and administrators in dealing with victims of sexual assault. Testimony from these hearings has revealed that counseling services for victims of sexual assault were lacking in terms of the quality of response. This bill more specifically defines the responsibility for councils to develop programs and services in these areas.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.3982 (2009-10), Referred to Higher Education Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1849 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 13, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. OPPENHEIMER, DIAZ -- 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 powers and duties regarding student housing and safety of councils of state-operated institutions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph h of subdivision 3 of section 356 of the educa- tion law, as amended by chapter 552 of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows: h. prescribe for and exercise supervision over student housing and safety INCLUDING EXPLICITLY PROVIDING FOR: (1) TRAINING FOR CAMPUS SECU- RITY AND OTHER INSTITUTION PERSONNEL, INCLUDING CAMPUS DISCIPLINARY OR JUDICIAL BOARDS, THAT ADDRESSES ISSUES OF RAPE, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND OTHER GENDER-MOTIVATED OFFENSES; (2) THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUPPORT SERVICES AND PROGRAMS, INCLUDING MEDICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING, SPECIF- ICALLY TARGETED TO ASSIST VICTIMS RECOVERING FROM RAPE OR OTHER GENDER- MOTIVATED OFFENSES; (3) THE CREATION, DISSEMINATION, AND PROVISION OF ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION ABOUT OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON AND OFF-CAMPUS TO VICTIMS OF RAPE OR OTHER GENDER-MOTIVATED OFFENSES TO BRING DISCIPLINARY OR OTHER LEGAL ACTION; AND (4) IMPLEMENTATION OF RAPE EDUCATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS, INCLUDING MANDATORY ORIENTATION ON SUCH TOPICS FOR INCOMING STUDENTS, REGULAR WORKSHOPS AND SYMPOSIA FOR CURRENT STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF, AND PEER EDUCATION PROGRAMS ON RAPE AND OTHER GENDER-MOTIVATED OFFENSES. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS PARAGRAPH, "GENDER-MOTIVATED OFFENSE" MEANS ANY CONDUCT THAT HARASSES, INTIMIDATES OR OTHERWISE INJURES A PERSON THAT IS MOTIVATED, AT LEAST IN PART, BY SUCH PERSON'S SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR PERCEIVED SEXUAL ORIENTATION, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH CONDUCT CONSTITUTES A CRIME UNDER THE LAW OF THIS STATE; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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