Prohibits the sale of academic dissertations, theses and term papers whether written or provided through electronic media.
Ayes (60): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Krueger, Libous, Sanders
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the unlawful sale of dissertations, theses and term papers
PURPOSE: To extend the current prohibition against the sale of dissertations and term papers to papers provided through electronic media such as the Internet.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 213b of the Education Law to add the phrase "either written or provided through electronic media" to prohibition against the sale or purchase of dissertations, theses, term papers, essays, reports or other educational assignments.
EXISTING LAW: Extends the prohibition against the sale or purchase of term papers and these to documents provided for sale or purchase through electronic media such as the Internet. Students would still be able to access research information through this media but sale or purchase of a term paper, theses or dissertation would constitute a violation punishable, as in current law, by a fine of up to $1,000.
JUSTIFICATION: Current new York State law bans the sale or purchase of dissertations and term papers but does not specifically indicate that papers obtained over the Internet or other electronic media would also be covered under the ban. This legislation would remove this ambiguity and would assure that students or others providing such unlawful assistance would eligible for prosecution.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 1998 S.6358; 1999-00 S.1971; 2002 S.2353; 2003-04 S.298; 2005-06 S.1148; 2007-08 S.1527; 2009 S.2730; 2011-12 S.1940.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 2405 A. 2612 2013-2014 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 17, 2013 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. LAVALLE, LARKIN, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. SCHIMMINGER, JAFFEE, HOOPER, GALEF, ZEBROWSKI, MILLMAN -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK, LIFTON, MAISEL, MARKEY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the unlawful sale of dissertations, theses and term papers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 213-b of the education law, as added by chapter 307 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows: 1. No person shall, for financial consideration, or the promise of financial consideration, prepare, offer to prepare, cause to be prepared, sell or offer for sale to any person any
[written]material EITHER WRITTEN OR PROVIDED THROUGH ELECTRONIC MEDIA which the seller knows, is informed or has reason to believe is intended for submission as a dissertation, thesis, term paper, essay, report or other [written]assignment by a student in a university, college, academy, school or other educational institution to such institution or to a course, semi- nar or degree program held by such institution. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03786-01-3