senate Bill S1566

Provides for disclosure of relationships between institutions of higher education and study abroad programs

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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.672
  • 22 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 23 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.550
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 19 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Summary

Provides for disclosure of relationships between institutions of higher education and study abroad programs.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7174
Versions:
S1566
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 25 ยงยง1250 - 1251, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3383, S3383
2009-2010: S803, S803

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BILL NUMBER:S1566

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
disclosure of relationships between institutions of higher education
and study abroad programs

PURPOSE: This legislation creates a new article in the education law
which will require institutions of higher education to disclose any
relationships or perquisites that they receive from providers of study
abroad programs.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new article to the education law. It also defines
"college/university," "study abroad programs" and "perquisites".

This section also requires institutions of higher education to
disclose in writing, any perquisites (perks) that they receive from
study abroad programs that their students participate in. It further
requires institutions of higher education to disclose the actual costs
to the institution for their students to participate in a particular
study abroad program.

JUSTIFICATION: Recently, the New York State Attorney General's Office
began inquiry into the relationships between universities and
providers of study abroad programs to determine whether cash
incentives and other perks are influencing these institutions
decisions about where their students may study. This legislation will
encourage transparency by informing students about the nature of a
particular institution's relationship with a study abroad program
provider so that they can make an informed decision as to whether the
particular program that a school is recommending is right for them.

The other aspect of this legislation concerns the payment of these
programs by these colleges/universities. Many times students will pay
the normal tuition, room/board and other fees to their
college/university for a particular semester and the
college/university will pay the study abroad program directly for
their students to attend said program...Often times, the cost to the
school for these programs less than what the student would pay for
tuition, room/board and fees for semester. Students have a right to
know if and how much their particular college/university is saving by
having them study abroad.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.3383; 2009-10 S.803; 2007-08 S.7838

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred
twentieth day after it shall have become law.

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

                                  1566

                       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  disclosure  of
  relationships  between  institutions  of  higher  education  and study
  abroad programs

  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 article 25 to
read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 25
           DISCLOSURE OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INSTITUTIONS OF
                    HIGHER EDUCATION AND STUDY ABROAD
                                PROGRAMS
SECTION 1250. DEFINITIONS.
        1251. DISCLOSURE  OF  RELATIONSHIPS;  HIGHER  EDUCATION;   STUDY
               ABROAD PROGRAMS.
  S 1250. DEFINITIONS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS
SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1.  "COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY"  SHALL  MEAN ANY INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCA-
TION, RECOGNIZED AND APPROVED BY THE REGENTS OF THE  UNIVERSITY  OF  THE
STATE  OF  NEW  YORK,  WHICH  PROVIDES  A COURSE OF STUDY LEADING TO THE
GRANTING OF A POST-SECONDARY DEGREE OR DIPLOMA.
  2. "STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS" SHALL MEAN PROGRAMS WHICH  ARE  COORDINATED
BY  COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND PRIVATE ORGANIZA-
TIONS, THAT PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH THE  OPPORTUNITY  TO  WORK  OR  STUDY,
WHOLLY OR IN PRINCIPAL PART, OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
  3.    "PERQUISITE"  SHALL  MEAN  ANY  EXPENSES  PAID BY A STUDY ABROAD
PROGRAM TO ANY EMPLOYEE OR REPRESENTATIVE OF A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY FOR
TRAVEL, LODGING, FOOD OR ENTERTAINMENT. THE TERM "PERQUISITE" SHALL ALSO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06131-01-3

S. 1566                             2

MEAN ANY DIRECT FINANCIAL BENEFIT REALIZED BY A COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY AS  A
RESULT OF ITS STUDENTS ATTENDING A PARTICULAR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM.
  S  1251.  DISCLOSURE  OF RELATIONSHIPS; HIGHER EDUCATION; STUDY ABROAD
PROGRAMS.  1.  EACH  COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY  LOCATED  IN  THIS  STATE  SHALL
DISCLOSE ANY PERQUISITES THAT IT RECEIVES FROM ALL STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
THAT ITS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN. SUCH DISCLOSURE SHALL BE MADE IN WRIT-
ING TO ANYONE WHO REQUESTS IT.
  2.  IN  INSTANCES  WHERE A STUDENT PAYS THE USUAL COSTS OF ATTENDING A
PARTICULAR    COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY    FOR    A    SEMESTER,    AND    SUCH
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY  IN  TURN  PAYS FOR SUCH STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN A
PARTICULAR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM, SUCH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY SHALL  DISCLOSE
THE   ACTUAL   COSTS   OF   THE   STUDY  ABROAD  PROGRAM  PAID  BY  SUCH
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY IN WRITING TO ANYONE WHO REQUESTS IT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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