senate Bill S2931

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires biennial referendum of student body at public universities and colleges to determine whether student activity fees are voluntary or mandatory

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Feb 03, 2011 referred to higher education

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S2931 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A389
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§355, 6215 & 6304, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1628, A10758

S2931 - Summary

Requires the biennial conducting of a referendum of the student body at each college and university of the state university of New York and city university of New York, and at each community college as to whether the student activity fees shall be mandatory or voluntary; requires the funds from such fees to be disbursed in a fair and neutral manner without regard to the viewpoints of organizations requesting funding; requires the posting of a notice of the purpose of such fee and the mission statements of all organizations receiving disbursements from such fees.

S2931 - Sponsor Memo

S2931 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  2931

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 3, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. JOHNSON -- 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 student activity fees

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 355 of the education law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 20 to read as follows:
  20. STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE.  A.  DISCLOSURE.  EVERY COLLEGE OR UNIVERSI-
TY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SHALL CONSPICUOUSLY POST ON A PUBLICLY ACCES-
SIBLE  WEBSITE  A  NOTICE REGARDING THE STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE WHICH SHALL
INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (1) THE PURPOSE OF  SUCH  FEE,  (2)  THE
RULES  AND PROCEDURES FOR THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FROM SUCH FEE, (3) THE
NAME AND MISSION STATEMENT OF EACH STUDENT  ORGANIZATION  THAT  RECEIVED
FUNDING  FROM  SUCH  FEE  DURING  THE  PREVIOUS  ACADEMIC  YEAR, (4) THE
REQUIREMENT THAT ALL FUNDING DECISIONS BE MADE IN AN  OPEN  FORUM  WHERE
ALL  STUDENTS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT, (5) THAT ALL FUNDING
DECISIONS SHALL BE MADE IN A FAIR AND NEUTRAL MANNER WITHOUT  REGARD  TO
THE  VIEWPOINTS  OF  THE ORGANIZATION REQUESTING FUNDING, AND (6) THAT A
REFERENDUM SHALL BE HELD AT LEAST EVERY TWO YEARS THE PURPOSE  OF  WHICH
IS  TO  DETERMINE WHETHER THE STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE SHALL BE MANDATORY OR
VOLUNTARY.
  B. REFERENDUM. PRIOR TO THE CLOSE OF  THE  FIRST  FULL  ACADEMIC  YEAR
IMMEDIATELY  FOLLOWING  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, AND AT
LEAST ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS THEREAFTER, THE STUDENT BODY AT EACH  COLLEGE
OR UNIVERSITY OPERATED BY THE STATE UNIVERSITY SHALL DETERMINE BY REFER-
ENDUM  WHETHER  STUDENT  ACTIVITY  PROGRAMS SHALL BE SUPPORTED BY EITHER
VOLUNTARY OR MANDATORY STUDENT FEES.  SUCH REFERENDUM SHALL BE CONDUCTED
ON CAMPUS AT AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE POLLING PLACE OR PLACES  AND  AT  SUCH
TIME  AS  SHALL BE CONVENIENT FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER OF STUDENTS. UNDER
NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL FUNDING FOR ANY PARTICULAR ORGANIZATION BE DETER-
MINED BY REFERENDUM. NOTICE OF SUCH REFERENDUM  SHALL  BE  CONSPICUOUSLY
POSTED  AT  SEVERAL  LOCATIONS  ON CAMPUS FOR NOT LESS THAN FIFTEEN DAYS
PRIOR TO THE DATE ON WHICH  THE  REFERENDUM  SHALL  BE  CONDUCTED.  SUCH
NOTICE  SHALL  INCLUDE,  BUT  NOT  BE  LIMITED TO, THE DATE ON WHICH THE

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