senate Bill S12

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits secondary schools and colleges from withholding student transcripts for failure to pay tuition

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S12 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3173
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 2-A ยง20, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S503
2009-2010: S8469, S8493

S12 - Bill Texts

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Prohibits secondary schools and higher education institutions from withholding student transcripts for failure to pay tuition.

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BILL NUMBER:S12

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to prohibiting secondary schools
and colleges from withholding student transcripts
for failure to pay tuition

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Allows students to obtain their academic transcript in the event
tuition has not been paid.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 Amends the education law by adding a new Article 2-A.
Prohibits public or private educational institutions from withholding
student transcripts in the event such student has not paid tuition.
Creates a Class A misdemeanor for failure to comply with this section.

Section 2 Effective Date

EXISTING LAW:
None.

JUSTIFICATION:
As a result of the current recession, difficulties with paying tuition
have become more and more common. Whether the student is paying for
his or her own education, or parents are paying for their child's
tuition, it is the student who suffers. The problem is exacerbated in
situations when a student's transcript needs to be sent from one
school to another. Schools frequently will not release transcripts if
the tuition is not fully paid.

This bill would prohibit an educational institution from withholding a
transcript for failure to pay tuition. Failure to comply with this
provision would be a Class A misdemeanor..

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2012: S.503 - Referred to in Education
2011: S.503 - Defeated in Education
2010: S.8493 - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
First of November after it shall have become law.

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

                                   12

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DIAZ  --  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 prohibiting  secondary
  schools  and colleges from withholding student transcripts for failure
  to pay tuition

  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 2-A to
read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 2-A
           PROHIBITION AGAINST WITHHOLDING STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS
SECTION 20. PROHIBITION AGAINST WITHHOLDING STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS.
  S  20.  PROHIBITION  AGAINST  WITHHOLDING  STUDENT  TRANSCRIPTS. 1. NO
PUBLIC OR PRIVATE ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY SCHOOL OR COLLEGE  AS  DEFINED
IN SECTION TWO OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL WITHHOLD A STUDENT'S TRANSCRIPT FOR
FAILURE TO PAY PAST OR PRESENTLY DUE TUITION.
  2. WILLFUL FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL
BE A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00927-01-3

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