senate Bill S1554

Provides for the development of a comprehensive campus security plan for the state university of New York, the city university of New York and community colleges

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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Provides for the development of a comprehensive campus security plan for the state university of New York, the city university of New York and community colleges.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1554
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง6435-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1805
2009-2010: S876

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BILL NUMBER:S1554

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
development of a comprehensive campus security plan

PURPOSE: To allow security officers more enforcement authority, to
expand on existing campus security laws and regulations.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

1) A new section 6435-a is created to require each campus to use its
existing advisory committees on campus security to establish a
comprehensive security plan. It also requires each campus to establish
a relationship with its local police force.

2) The plan must address how the campus will respond to various types
of emergencies. It must include law enforcement, emergency medical
personnel, the use of various communications monitoring and sensor
technology and the mapping of campus grounds and facilities.

3) The plan also requires that each campus conduct emergency/drills,
to evaluate such drills against standards that have been developed in
consultation with local law enforcement and that have been reviewed by
the New York State Police.

4) The bill requires SUNY & CUNY to implement several pilot programs
in order to test various technologies related to the identification of
security threats and; how to respond to those threats.

5) The legislation also requires each campus to establish a protocol
for the reporting of instances when there is a concern regarding the
mental health of a student and it also requires that such campus
increase the number of mental health counselors and provide funding
for SUNY and CUNY to increase those numbers.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill is an effort to address campus security
issues for two perspectives. The first is the importance of securing
the safety of all students and personnel on a college campus. The
second is to ensure that each campus develop a process to handle
mental health is sues in a manner consistent with the interests of the
individual and his or her privacy and the safety of all college
personnel and students. As we learned from the tragic events of
Virginia Tech, the security and safety of students and college
personnel can be related to the mental health of those on campus.

In order to address these issues this legislation requires that every
college develop a comprehensive security plan that includes
integration of local law enforcement and emergency medical personnel
in response to emergency situations. It also requires that these
campuses conduct emergency drills and allow SUNY & CUNY to develop
pilot or demonstration projects to test various technologies that
could improve our ability to monitor, identify and respond to security
related threats.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.1805; 2009-10 S.876; 2007-08.
S.6264-A.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect the 30th day after it
shall have become a law.

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

                                  1554

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LAVALLE -- 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 development  of  a
  comprehensive campus security plan

  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
6435-a to read as follows:
  S  6435-A.  COMPREHENSIVE  CAMPUS  SECURITY  PLAN. 1. THE PRESIDENT OR
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF EVERY COLLEGE CHARTERED BY  THE  REGENTS
OR  INCORPORATED  BY  SPECIAL ACT OF THE LEGISLATURE INCLUDING ALL STATE
UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK,  CITY  UNIVERSITY  OF  NEW  YORK  AND  COMMUNITY
COLLEGES,  SHALL WORK WITH THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CAMPUS SECURITY, AS
ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-FOUR HUNDRED  THIRTY-ONE  OF  THIS
ARTICLE TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE CAMPUS SECURITY PLAN FOR THE COLLEGE.
SUCH PLAN SHALL INCLUDE:
  A.  THE  ESTABLISHMENT  OF  A RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT,
WHICH SHALL INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: THE  COUNTY  SHERIFF,
THE STATE POLICE OR THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.
  B.  THE  COORDINATION OF VARIOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICE
AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL, BOTH ON AND OFF CAMPUS, IN RESPONSE  TO  EMERGEN-
CIES ON, IN OR AROUND THE CAMPUS.
  C.  THE USE OF VARIOUS COMMUNICATIONS, MONITORING AND SENSOR TECHNOLO-
GIES IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE SAFETY OF ALL CAMPUS PERSONNEL, TO COORDI-
NATE THE ACTIVITIES OF ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSON-
NEL ON AND OFF CAMPUS, TO  IDENTIFY  POTENTIAL  THREATS  TO  THE  CAMPUS
SECURITY AND TO RESPOND TO ANY EMERGENCY ON CAMPUS.
  D. PROVIDE FOR THE DETAILED MAPPING OF ALL CAMPUS ROADS AND FACILITIES
INCLUDING  THE  INTERNAL MAPPING OF EACH CAMPUS FACILITY, WHICH SHALL BE
MAINTAINED IN A SECURED LOCATION BY THE CAMPUS  AND  BY  THE  LOCAL  LAW

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06169-01-3

S. 1554                             2

ENFORCEMENT  ENTITY  THAT HAS A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CAMPUS PURSUANT TO
PARAGRAPH A OF THIS SUBDIVISION.  ONLY THOSE AUTHORIZED IN THE PLAN  MAY
HAVE ACCESS TO SUCH CAMPUS MAPS.
  2. AS PART OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AS ESTABLISHED BY SUBDIVISION ONE
OF  THIS  SECTION  EACH CAMPUS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION
SHALL CONDUCT DRILLS IN RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY  SITUATIONS.  SUCH  DRILLS
WILL  IMPLEMENT  THE COMPREHENSIVE CAMPUS SECURITY PLAN AS IT RELATES TO
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THE DRILLS SHALL INCLUDE  LOCAL  LAW  ENFORCEMENT,
CAMPUS  SECURITY OFFICERS OR PEACE OFFICERS, THE INSTITUTION'S PERSONNEL
AND STUDENTS.
  3. THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK,  AND
INDEPENDENT  SECTOR  BOARDS  OF  TRUSTEES SHALL EVALUATE THEIR EMERGENCY
DRILLS IN TERMS OF OVERALL RESPONSE TIME, COMPLIANCE OF CAMPUS PERSONNEL
AND ALL OTHERS ENGAGED IN ITS IMPLEMENTATION.   STANDARDS  FOR  RESPONSE
TIME,  COMPLIANCE  WITH CAMPUS PERSONNEL AND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE DRILLS
SHALL BE ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR EACH STATE  UNIVERSITY
OF  NEW YORK AND CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK CAMPUS IN CONSULTATION WITH
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. SUCH STANDARDS SHALL BE REVIEWED BY THE NEW  YORK
STATE POLICE.
  4.  THE  STATE  UNIVERSITY  AND  CITY UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES ARE
HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO  IMPLEMENT  SEVERAL  DEMONSTRATION  OR
PILOT TYPE PROGRAMS TO TEST VARIOUS TECHNOLOGIES AS RELATED TO IDENTIFY-
ING SECURITY THREATS AND RESPONDING TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. SUCH DEMON-
STRATION  OR PILOT PROJECTS SHALL BE REVIEWED BY AND INCLUDE THE PARTIC-
IPATION OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MUST BE EVALUATED BY THE RESPECTIVE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
  5. EACH CAMPUS  SHALL  IMPLEMENT  A  PROTOCOL  FOR  THE  REPORTING  OF
INSTANCES  WHERE  THERE  IS  CONCERN  REGARDING  THE  MENTAL HEALTH OF A
STUDENT. SUCH PROTOCOL WILL REQUIRE THAT IN THE EVENT  THAT  A  CREDIBLE
REPORT  IS MADE REGARDING A STUDENT, THAT THE STUDENT BE INTERVIEWED AND
A RECOMMENDATION BE MADE REGARDING THE OUTCOME OF THE CASE. SUCH  PROTO-
COL  SHALL BECOME PART OF THE INSTITUTION'S GENERAL GOVERNING POLICY AND
GENERALLY COMMUNICATED TO ALL CAMPUS EMPLOYEES. THE STATE UNIVERSITY  OF
NEW  YORK  BOARD  OF  TRUSTEES, THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK BOARD OF
TRUSTEES, AND THE BOARDS OF TRUSTEES OF ALL OTHER CAMPUSES SHALL  ESTAB-
LISH  REGULATIONS  AS  NECESSARY  TO  IMPLEMENT  THE  PROVISION  OF THIS
SECTION.
  S 2.  The state university of New York and city university of New York
board of trustees are hereby authorized  and  directed  to,  within  the
funds  appropriated  for,  increase the number of licensed mental health
counselors available to students. This effort is  intended  to  increase
the counselor-to-student ratio toward an appropriate and more nationally
recognized  threshold,  based  on the nature of the campuses.  The funds
made available to implement this section shall be utilized to supplement
existing services and shall not be substituted  for  services  currently
being  funded by state or other sources. For the state university of New
York, no more than 70 percent of the newly licensed mental health  coun-
selors  recruited shall be distributed to state-operated campuses and no
less than 30 percent to community colleges. For the city  university  of
New  York,  no  more than 50 percent of the newly licensed mental health
counselors recruited shall be distributed to senior colleges and no less
than 50 percent to community colleges.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

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