senate Bill S7497

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to discipline for inappropriate sexual conduct

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May 29, 2012 referred to education

S7497 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3020-a, Ed L

S7497 - Summary

Relates to discipline for inappropriate sexual conduct.

S7497 - Sponsor Memo

S7497 - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 29, 2012

Introduced by Sen. SALAND -- (at request of the NYC Education (see sed))
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Education

AN  ACT  to amend the education law, in relation to discipline for inap-
  propriate sexual conduct


  Section  1.  Legislative intent. School employees hold important posi-
tions in our communities, not only as educators, but  often  as  mentors
and  advisors.  They are professionally and personally placed in a posi-
tion of trust. The vast majority  of  educators  are  conscientious  and
talented  and  should be credited with a significant part of the overall
success of our youth. They play an integral role  in  both  the  child's
life,  as  well  as the community as a whole; which makes a violation of
this position of trust even more pronounced. To  that  end,  reports  of
cases  of  inappropriate  sexual  conduct between educators and students
have increased. At times, this behavior  involves  an  educator  with  a
student  in  a  continuum  of inappropriate behavior that is intended to
create and advance an intimate or sexual relationship with the  student.
These  tragic  and  heinous  cases often result in life-long harm to the
student's physical, psychological and educational well-being. Given  the
serious  consequences of these actions, it imperative that the discipli-
nary procedures related to this type of misconduct  are  congruent  with
the  egregiousness of the behavior. Greater protection is needed to more
effectively deal with inappropriate sexual conduct by a  small  minority
of  school  employees  to  help  facilitate  a safer environment for our
students, target inappropriate behavior, and preserve the  integrity  of
our educational system.
  S  2.  Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 3020-a of the education
law, as amended by section 1 of part B of chapter  57  of  the  laws  of
2012, is amended to read as follows:
  a.  Upon  receipt of the charges, the clerk or secretary of the school
district or employing board shall immediately notify said board thereof.
Within five days after receipt of charges, the employing board, in exec-

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


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