Amended in Senate June 28, 2016

Amended in Assembly May 31, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1653


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber

January 13, 2016


An act to amend Section 66302 of, and to add Section 66073 to, the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1653, as amended, Weber. Postsecondary education: campus climate.

Existing law establishes the segments of postsecondary education in this state, including the University of California administered by the Regents of the University of California, the California State University administered by the Trustees of the California State University, the California Community Colleges administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, andbegin delete private postsecondary educational institutions.end deletebegin insert independent institutions of higher education.end insert

This bill would require the board, the trustees, and the governing body of eachbegin delete private postsecondary educational institution,end deletebegin insert independent institution of higher education,end insert as defined, and encourage each University of California campus, to each generate a report once every biennium of the legislative session, commencing with the 2017-18 Regular Session, that includes specified information related to the respective institution’s campus climate, as defined, post the report on the respective institution’s Internet Web site, and submit the report to specified state bodies. For the purposes of the board’s report, the bill would require the board to request certain information from community college districts, and would provide that the board’s report shall be based on data available from participating community college districts. The bill would require the board, the trustees, and the governing body of eachbegin delete private postsecondary educational institution,end deletebegin insert independent institution of higher education,end insert and would encourage the regents, to create, review every 2 years thereafter, and, as necessary, update protocols, policies, and procedures regarding compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

Existing law requests the trustees, the regents, and the governing board of each community college district to adopt and publish policies on harassment, intimidation, and bullying to be included within the rules and regulations governing student behavior, as provided.

This bill would require the trustees and the governing board of each community college district, if they expend funds to support activities related to campus climate, as defined, to adopt and publish the above-described policies. By requiring community college districts to adopt and publish these policies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 66073 is added to the Education Code,
2to read:

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66073.  

(a) The Board of Governors of the California
4Community Colleges and the Trustees of the California State
5University are required, and each University of California campus
6is encouraged, to generate a report once every biennium of the
P3    1legislative session, commencing with the 2017-18 Regular Session,
2that shall include all of the following as to the respective institution:

3(1) New and recent administrative efforts intended to affect
4campus climate.

5(2) Recent campus program developments that impact campus
6climate related to the following:

7(A) Gender.

8(B) Race.

9(C) Ethnicity.

10(D) National origin.

11(E) Religion.

12(F) Sexual orientation.

13(G) Disability.

14(H) Gender identity.

15(3) New and recent administrative efforts to reduce student food
16insecurity and student homelessness.

17(b) The governing body of eachbegin delete private postsecondary
18educational institution,end delete
begin insert independent institution of higher education,end insert
19 as defined inbegin insert subdivision (b) ofend insert Sectionbegin delete 94858,end deletebegin insert 66010,end insert shall
20generate a report once every biennium of the legislative session,
21commencing with the 2017-18 Regular Session, that shall include
22all of the information specified in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive,
23of subdivision (a) as to the institution.

24(c) The Board of Governors of the California Community
25Colleges, the Trustees of the California State University, and the
26governing body of eachbegin delete private postsecondary educational
27institution,end delete
begin insert independent institution of higher education,end insert as defined
28inbegin insert subdivision (b) ofend insert Sectionbegin delete 94858,end deletebegin insert 66010,end insert are required, and each
29University of California campus is encouraged, to each post the
30respective report on its Internet Web site.

31(d) The Board of Governors of the California Community
32Colleges, the Trustees of the California State University, and the
33governing body of eachbegin delete private postsecondary educational
34institution,end delete
begin insert independent institution of higher education,end insert as defined
35inbegin insert subdivision (b) ofend insert Sectionbegin delete 94858,end deletebegin insert 66010,end insert are required, and the
36Regents of the University of California are encouraged, to create,
37review every two years thereafter, and, as necessary, update
38protocols, policies, and procedures regarding compliance with the
39Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus
40Crime Statistics Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1092(f)) and the Violence
P4    1Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (20 U.S.C. Sec.
21092(f)(8)).

3(e) The Board of Governors of the California Community
4Colleges shall request, but not require, the information specified
5in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of subdivision (a) from
6community college districts. The report of the board shall be based
7on data available from participating community college districts.

8(f) A report to be generated pursuant to this section shall be sent
9to the Governor, the Attorney General, and the appropriate policy
10committees of the Legislature.

11(g) For purposes of this section, “campus climate” means a
12measure of an individual’s experience within a learning
13environment, specifically focusing on the current attitudes,
14practices, policies, and behaviors of campus life that impact the
15success and retention of all members of a campus community.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 66302 of the Education Code is amended to
17read:

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66302.  

(a) If the Trustees of the California State University
19and the governing board of each community college district expend
20funds to support activities related to campus climate, as that term
21is defined in subdivision (g) of Section 66073, the Trustees of the
22California State University and the governing board of each
23community college district shall adopt and publish policies on
24harassment, intimidation, and bullying to be included within the
25rules and regulations governing student behavior within their
26respective segments of public postsecondary education.

27(b) The Regents of the University of California are requested
28to adopt and publish policies on harassment, intimidation, and
29bullying to be included within their rules and regulations governing
30student behavior.

31(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that rules and regulations
32governing student conduct be published, at a minimum, on the
33Internet Web site of each public postsecondary educational campus
34and as part of any printed material covering those rules and
35regulations within the respective public postsecondary education
36system.

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SEC. 3.  

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
38this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
39local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
P5    1pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
24 of Title 2 of the Government Code.



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