senate Bill S1555

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Mandates attendance by members appointed by the governor at meetings of councils of state-operated institutions

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Jun 18, 2014 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 04, 2014 advanced to third reading
Feb 03, 2014 2nd report cal.
Jan 28, 2014 1st report cal.83
Jan 08, 2014 referred to higher education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 03, 2013 referred to higher education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 22, 2013 advanced to third reading
Apr 17, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 16, 2013 1st report cal.318
Jan 09, 2013 referred to higher education

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Jan 28, 2014 - Higher Education committee Vote

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Apr 16, 2013 - Higher Education committee Vote

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S1555 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6819
Current Committee:
Assembly Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง356, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1809, S5250
2009-2010: A8642, S1145, S1445, A871

S1555 - Bill Texts

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Mandates attendance by members appointed by the governor at meetings of councils of state-operated institutions.

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BILL NUMBER:S1555

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
meetings of councils of state-operated institutions

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends section 356 of the education
law, which provides for councils of state-operated colleges and
universities.

Subsection one of the bill amends the law to establish that council
members who do not attend and have not been excused from three of the
four meetings as required by this section shall no longer serve as
members of the council and shall notify the governor in writing of
such vacancy.

Subsection 2-a is added to require that one of the four regular
meetings be conducted during the fail semester at which time the
president of the campus shall report on the state of the college.

Subsection 4 adds a provision stating that each council may establish
subcommittees which would assist the council with duties outlined in
subsection 3 of this bill.

JUSTIFICATION: Under section 356 of the education law each of the
state-operated institutions is supervised locally by a college council
consistent with the rules established by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

The college councils provide local oversight of the institutions
operation. They are responsible to review and make recommendations
regarding changes in institutional plans, regulations regarding the
care and management of buildings and the conduct of students. This
legislation is intended to encourage members to take a more structured
and active role in the general operation and governance of the
respective college campuses. Many of the college council members bring
varied experiences and resources to the college and can provide
insight and guidance from a local and regional perspective. This
legislation supports the expansion of those efforts and provide a
structure to encourage members to use their expertise and management
to the betterment of the college.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 1809; 2009-10 S.1445; 2007-2008, S.3905;
2005-2006, S.7614-A.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  1555

                       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 meetings  of  councils
  of state-operated institutions

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

  Section 1. Section 356 of the education law, as amended by chapter 552
of the laws of 1985, is amended to read as follows:
  S 356. Councils of state-operated institutions; powers and duties.  1.
Subject  to  the  general  management, supervision and control of and in
accordance with rules established by the state university trustees,  the
operations  and  affairs of each state-operated institution of the state
university shall be supervised locally by a council  consisting  of  ten
members, nine of whom shall be appointed by the governor and one of whom
shall be elected by and from among the students of the institution. Such
voting  members  shall  be  subject  to  every provision of any general,
special or local law,  ordinance,  charter,  code,  rule  or  regulation
applying  to  the  voting  members  of  such  board  with respect to the
discharge  of  their  duties  including,  but  not  limited  to,   those
provisions  setting  forth  codes of ethics, disclosure requirements and
prohibiting business and professional activities. The  election  of  the
student  member  shall  be  conducted in accordance with rules and regu-
lations promulgated by  the  respective  representative  campus  student
association  in  accordance  with  guidelines  established  by the state
university trustees. One member shall be designated by the  governor  as
chairman. Where an undergraduate state-operated institution of the state
university  is  located adjacent to another institution of higher educa-
tion and students of such undergraduate state-operated institution  are,
under  arrangements  made  by the state university, taking a substantial
portion of their courses at such other  institution,  the  president  or

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06167-01-3

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other  head  of  such other institution shall be an ex-officio member of
the council for such undergraduate state-operated institution.   Initial
appointments,  other  than  the  student  member and ex-officio members,
shall  be  for  terms  expiring July first, nineteen hundred fifty-four,
July first, nineteen hundred fifty-five, July  first,  nineteen  hundred
fifty-six,  July  first, nineteen hundred fifty-seven, July first, nine-
teen hundred fifty-eight, July first, nineteen hundred fifty-nine,  July
first,  nineteen  hundred  sixty, July first, nineteen hundred sixty-one
and, where there is no ex-officio member, July first,  nineteen  hundred
sixty-two,  respectively,  and  subsequent  appointments, other than the
student member, shall be for a full term of nine years  from  the  first
day  of  July  of  the calendar year in which the appointment is made. A
MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR WHO HAS  THREE  OR  MORE
ABSENCES FROM THE REGULAR MEETINGS HELD ANNUALLY AND DESCRIBED IN SUBDI-
VISION  TWO  OF  THIS SECTION, WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN EXCUSED BY THE CHAIR,
SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO HAVE VACATED HIS OR HER MEMBERSHIP. WHEN APPLICA-
BLE, THE CHAIR SHALL NOTIFY THE GOVERNOR, IN WRITING, OF  SUCH  VACANCY.
Vacancies  shall  be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as
original  selections.  The  term  of  office  for  each  council  member
appointed  on or after April first, nineteen hundred eighty-six shall be
seven years. The term of office for the student member shall be one year
commencing July first of the calendar year  in  which  the  election  is
conducted,  provided, however, that the term of the student member first
elected shall be nine months commencing October first, nineteen  hundred
seventy-five  and expiring June thirtieth, nineteen hundred seventy-six.
In the event that the student member ceases  to  be  a  student  at  the
institution,  such  member shall be required to resign.  Members of such
councils appointed by the governor  may  be  removed  by  the  governor.
Members  of such councils elected by the students of the institution may
be removed by such students in accordance  with  rules  and  regulations
promulgated  by the respective representative campus student association
in accordance with guidelines promulgated by the state university  trus-
tees.  Members  of such councils shall receive no compensation for their
services but shall be reimbursed for the expenses actually and necessar-
ily incurred by them in the performance of their duties hereunder.
  2. The councils of state-operated institutions shall provide for regu-
lar meetings at least four times annually, and the chair,  or  any  five
members by petition, may at any time call a special meeting of the coun-
cil  and  fix the time and place therefor. At least seven days notice of
every meeting shall be mailed to  the  usual  address  of  each  member,
unless  such  notice be waived by a majority of the council. Resolutions
for the consideration of the  councils  must  be  mailed  to  the  usual
address  of each council member no less than seven days prior to a meet-
ing, unless the chair shall make available in writing on the day of  the
meeting  the  facts  which necessitate an immediate vote. The agenda for
such meetings shall be available three days prior to  the  meetings  and
shall be considered public records. Five members attending shall consti-
tute  a quorum for the transaction of business and the act of a majority
of the members present at any meeting shall be the act of the council.
  2-A. AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOUR REGULAR MEETINGS SET FORTH  IN  SUBDIVI-
SION TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONDUCTED ON THE COLLEGE CAMPUS DURING
THE  FALL  SEMESTER.  DURING  SUCH  MEETING THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE
SHALL REPORT TO THE COUNCIL ON THE STATE OF THE COLLEGE.
  3.  Subject  to  the  general  management,  supervision,  control  and
approval  of,  and  in  accordance  with  rules established by the state
university trustees, the  council  of  each  state-operated  institution

S. 1555                             3

shall,  with  respect  to  the  institution or institutions for which it
serves, exercise the following powers:
  a.  recommend to the state university trustees candidates for appoint-
ment by the state university trustees as head of such institution;
  b. review all major plans of the head of such institution for its more
effective operation and make such recommendations with  respect  thereto
as  it  deems appropriate. Such plans shall be submitted for approval by
the state university trustees, together with the recommendations of  the
council with respect thereto. The state university trustees shall deter-
mine  what  constitute  such  major  plans,  which  are hereby generally
defined to include, among others, plans for the appraisal or improvement
of the faculty and other personnel, expansion or restriction of  student
admissions,  appraisal or improvement of academic programs and of stand-
ards for the earning of degrees, expansion of institutional  plants  and
appraisal or improvement of student activities and housing;
  c.  make  regulations  governing  the  care, custody and management of
lands, grounds, buildings and equipment;
  d. review the proposed budget requests for such  institution  prepared
by  the  head  thereof  and recommend to the state university trustees a
budget for such institution;
  e. foster the development of advisory citizens  committees  to  render
such  assistance  as the council may request, and to appoint the members
of such citizens' committees. Members of such citizens' committees shall
receive no compensation for their services but shall be  reimbursed  for
the  expenses  actually and necessarily incurred by them in the perform-
ance of their duties;
  f. name buildings and grounds;
  g. make regulations governing the conduct and behavior of students;
  h. prescribe for and exercise supervision  over  student  housing  and
safety;
  i. make an annual report to the state university trustees on or before
September  first  of  each year, and report to them from time to time on
any matter it believes requires their attention;
  j. perform such other powers  and  duties  as  may  be  authorized  or
required  by  the  state university trustees by general rules or special
directives; and
  k. make and establish, and from time to time  alter  and  amend,  such
regulations pertaining to the affairs of its institution, not inconsist-
ent  with  law  or the rules of the state university trustees, as may be
necessary or appropriate to carry out effectively the  foregoing  powers
and duties.
  4.  SUBJECT  TO  THE RULES AND REGULATIONS ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD OF
TRUSTEES, THE CHAIR OF EACH COLLEGE COUNCIL MAY ESTABLISH  SUBCOMMITTEES
TO ASSIST IN CARRYING OUT THE DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO SUBDIVI-
SION THREE OF THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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