Bill S6438-2013

Prohibits the use of state aid by colleges and universities to fund or provide membership in certain academic institutions

Prohibits the use of state aid by colleges and universities to fund or provide membership in academic institutions that are boycotting a country or higher education institutions of a country.

Details

Actions

  • Jan 28, 2014: referred to higher education
  • Jan 28, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jan 28, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jan 27, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.60
  • Jan 23, 2014: REFERRED TO RULES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jan 27, 2014
Ayes (19): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Krueger, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (3): Hassell-Thompson, Perkins, Gianaris
Nays (2): Montgomery, Parker

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6438

TITLE OF BILL: An act prohibiting the use of state aid by colleges and universities for certain academic institutions

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would prohibit any college from using state aid to fund an academic entity, to provide funds for membership in an academic entity, or fund travel or lodging for any employee to attend any meeting of such academic entity if that academic entity has undertaken an official action boycotting certain countries or their higher education institutions.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 is the legislative intent.

Section 2 prohibits any college from using state aid to fund an academic entity, to provide funds for membership in an academic entity, or to fund travel or lodging for any employee to attend any meeting of such academic entity if that academic entity has undertaken an official action boycotting a host country or its higher education institutions if the country subject of such boycott hosts a higher education institution chartered by the Board of Regents. Colleges violating this ban would not be eligible for state aid during the academic year in which the violation occurs. Nothing in this section shall limit the attendance by any employee of a college at any event of an academic entity that boycotts a host country or higher education institution located in such country and attendance at meetings of any such entity shall not be used by the college with regard to employment decisions.

The bill also contains three exemptions in which the provisions of this bill would not apply to colleges: located in a foreign country that is a state sponsor of terrorism, when the boycott is connected with a labor dispute, or when the boycott is for the purpose of protesting unlawful discriminatory practices.

Section 3 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Academic freedom is a cornerstone of our academic community in New York State's colleges and universities. Professors and students should be able to teach, study, and pursue research without unreasonable interference. Academic boycotts violate the principles of academic freedom, open exchange, and freedom of thought and expression. In addition, undertaking an official action boycotting certain countries or their higher education institutions limits access to research and ability to study other cultures and societies. It is important that New York State colleges promote and encourage access to international educational institutions for its students to succeed in a world marked by interdependence and diversity. A global education allows professors and students to connect, compete, and cooperate with their peers around the world. For these very reasons, colleges should not use state funds to support boycotts of countries, or higher education institutions located in countries, that host higher education institutions chartered by the Board of Regents. In short, the legislation simply prohibits tax dollars from promoting

discriminatory practices while at the same time preserving academic freedom.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6438 IN SENATE January 23, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. KLEIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT prohibiting the use of state aid by colleges and universities for certain academic institutions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that it is beneficial to students of this state to have access to an education that is not bound by borders and to have the opportunity to obtain a global education. The legislature further finds that it is important that New York State undertake efforts to ensure that its students succeed in a world that is continually becoming more interdependent and diverse and further that students have access to international higher education institutions. A global education allows students to connect, compete, and cooperate with their peers around the world. Therefore it is the policy of the State of New York that colleges not use state funds to support boycotts of countries, or higher education institutions located in countries, that host higher education institutions chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. S 2. 1. For purposes of this section the following shall apply: (a) the term "academic entity" shall mean any organization comprising colleges, universities or professors that promotes or supports academia in the United States and abroad. (b) the term "college" shall have the same meaning as such term is defined in subdivision 2 of section 2 of the education law. (c) the term "host country" shall mean those countries that host a higher education institution chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. 2. No college in this state may use state aid provided directly to such college to: fund an academic entity, provide funds for membership in an academic entity or fund travel or lodging for any employee to attend any meeting of such academic entity if such entity has issued a public resolution or other official statement or undertaken an official
action boycotting a host country or higher education institutions located in such country. 3. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no college shall be eligi- ble for state aid during the academic year that such college is in violation of subdivision two of this section. 4. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any college: (a) when such college is located in a country that is determined by the United States secretary of state to be a state sponsor of terrorism; (b) when such boycott is connected with a labor dispute; or (c) when such boycott is for the purpose of protesting unlawful discriminatory practices as determined by the laws, rules or regulations of this state. 5. Nothing in this section shall limit the attendance by any employee of a college at any event of an academic entity that boycotts a host country or higher education institutions located in such country and attendance at meetings of any such entity shall not be used by the college with regard to employment decisions. S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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