S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
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
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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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.