senate Bill S1309

Amended

Requires cancellation of classes at state universities on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, unless chancellor grants exemption

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1309A

Summary

Provides that no class or any other course of instruction shall be held in any institution within the state or city university on those days of religious observance known as Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur provided, however, that the chancellor, in his discretion, may exempt any institution from such observance.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1309
S1309A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยงยง361 & 6235, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2615
2009-2010: S3925

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BILL NUMBER:S1309

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 BILL:
To prohibit the scheduling of classes on the days of religious
observance known as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The education law is amended by adding a new section 361 stating that
no class or any other course shall be held within the SUNY system on
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
A new section 6235 of the education law, stating that no class or any
other course shall be held within the CUNY system on Rosh Hashanah
and Yom Kippur.

JUSTIFICATION:
Scheduled classes and laboratories on holy days produce a strain and
hardship on both students and faculty. In the case of laboratories
which are progressive, it is particularly difficult to make up the
missed labs. The difficulty is increased because academic activity of
all kinds is proscribed on the high holy days. The fulfillment of
Jewish religious requirements and neglect of academic duties can
cause an emotional hardship apart from actual academic results.
Canceling classes on the high holy days would produce occasions when
an instructor and student have to make special arrangements for
retests, makeup labs, and missed lectures.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This bill has been previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1309

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 ROSH HASHANAH OR YOM
KIPPUR 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 ROSH HASHANAH OR YOM
KIPPUR 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.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04191-01-3

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