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A00420 Summary:

Prohibits the use of state aid by colleges and universities to fund or provide membership in academic institutions that are boycotting a country or higher education institutions of a country.
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A00420 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 6, 2021
        Introduced  by  M. of A. ROZIC, HYNDMAN -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Higher Education
        AN ACT to prohibit the use of state aid by colleges and universities for
          certain academic institutions
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that it is
     2  beneficial to students of this state to have access to an education that
     3  is  not  bound by borders and to have the opportunity to obtain a global
     4  education. The legislature further finds that it is important  that  New
     5  York  state  undertake  efforts to ensure that its students succeed in a
     6  world that is continually becoming more interdependent and  diverse  and
     7  further  that  students  have  access  to international higher education
     8  institutions.  A global education allows students  to  connect,  compete
     9  and  cooperate  with  their  peers around the world. Therefore it is the
    10  policy of the state  that  colleges  not  use  state  funds  to  support
    11  boycotts of countries, or higher education institutions located in coun-
    12  tries, that host higher education institutions chartered by the board of
    13  regents of the university of the state of New York.
    14    § 2. 1. For purposes of this section the following shall apply:
    15    (a)  the term "academic entity" shall mean any organization comprising
    16  colleges, universities or professors that promotes or supports  academia
    17  in the United States and abroad.
    18    (b)  the  term  "college"  shall have the same meaning as such term is
    19  defined in subdivision 2 of section 2 of the education law.
    20    (c) the term "host country" shall mean those  countries  that  host  a
    21  higher  education  institution  chartered by the board of regents of the
    22  university of the state of New York.
    23    2. No college in this state may use state  aid  provided  directly  to
    24  such  college  to: fund an academic entity, provide funds for membership

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

        A. 420                              2
     1  in an academic entity or fund travel or  lodging  for  any  employee  to
     2  attend  any  meeting of such academic entity if such entity has issued a
     3  public resolution or other official statement or undertaken an  official
     4  action  boycotting  a  host  country  or  higher  education institutions
     5  located in such country.
     6    3. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no college shall be eligi-
     7  ble for state aid during the academic  year  that  such  college  is  in
     8  violation of subdivision two of this section.
     9    4. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any college:
    10    (a)  when  such  college is located in a country that is determined by
    11  the United States secretary of state to be a state sponsor of terrorism;
    12    (b) when such boycott is connected with a labor dispute; or
    13    (c) when such boycott  is  for  the  purpose  of  protesting  unlawful
    14  discriminatory practices as determined by the laws, rules or regulations
    15  of this state.
    16    5.  Nothing in this section shall limit the attendance by any employee
    17  of a college at any event of an academic entity  that  boycotts  a  host
    18  country  or  higher  education  institutions located in such country and
    19  attendance at meetings of any such entity  shall  not  be  used  by  the
    20  college with regard to employment decisions.
    21    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
    22  have become a law.
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