Bill S684-2013

Relates to observance of certain holidays by institutions within the state university and the city university of New York

Relates to observance of Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha by institutions within the state university and the city university of New York.

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

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BILL NUMBER:S684

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 THE BILL:

The purpose of this legislation is to require the state and city universities to suspend classes on the religious holidays known as Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 and Section 2 of the bill amend the education law by adding new sections 361 and 6235 which require the state and city universities to suspend classes on those days of religious observance known as Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha. The Chancellors of the state and city universities shall have discretion to exempt any institution from these provisions.

Section 3 of the bill sets forth an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The state and city universities already suspend classes on many days of religious observance including Christmas, Easter, Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, etc.

As such it is appropriate for the state and city universities to also suspend classes on Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.7176

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Yet to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 684 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- 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 EID UL-FITR AND EID UL-ADHA, 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 EID UL-FITR AND EID UL-ADHA 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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