Complying with Education Law Article 129-B New York State Education
This guidance document is joint guidance of the State Education Department and the New York State Office of Campus Safety. It is intended to assist colleges and universities in complying with Education Law Article129-B, as added by Chapter 76 of the Laws of 2015, relating to the establishment of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking prevention and response policies and procedures. Article 129-B includes §§ 6439-6449 of the Education Law.
II- History of the Legislation:
Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced comprehensive sexual assault prevention legislation as part of the 2015 Executive Budget. Final legislation was passed unanimously in the Senate (S.5965, sponsored by Senator LaValle) and 138-4 in the Assembly (A.8244, sponsored by Assemblymember Glick) on June 17, 2015. On July 7, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law as Chapter 76 of the Laws of 2015.
Article 129-B (except for the provisions regarding Climate Surveys [Education Law §6445] and Reporting Aggregate Data to the Department [Education Law §6449]) became effective October 5, 2015. The Climate Survey and Aggregate Data sections take effect in July 2016 with the provisions applying for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The State Education Department (SED) is required by Education Law §6449(4) to adopt regulations by October 5, 2016 relating to the reporting of aggregate data, in consultation with representatives of SUNY, CUNY, and the private and independent colleges.
Each institution is required by Education Law §6440(1) to adopt written rules implementing this article by amending its code of conduct or other comparable policies. A copy of these rules and policies must be filed with SED on or before July 1, 2016. Updated policies must be filed at least every 10 years, except that the second filing shall coincide with the required filing of a certificate of compliance under Article 129-A of the Education Law, and continue on the same cycle thereafter.
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