Amended in Senate August 15, 2016

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 tobegin delete amend Section 66302 of, and toend delete add Section 66073begin delete to,end deletebegin insert toend insert 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, and independent institutions of higher education.

This bill would require the board, the trustees, and the governing body of each independent institution of higher education, 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 each independent institution of higher education, 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.

begin delete

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.

end delete
begin delete

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.

end delete
begin delete

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.

end delete
begin delete

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.

end delete

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: begin deleteyes end deletebegin insertnoend insert.

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

P2    1

SECTION 1.  

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

3

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
7legislative session, commencing with the 2017-18 Regular Session,
8that shall include all of the following as to the respective institution:

P3    1(1) New and recent administrative efforts intended to affect
2campus climate.

3(2) Recent campus program developments that impact campus
4climate related to the following:

5(A) Gender.

6(B) Race.

7(C) Ethnicity.

8(D) National origin.

9(E) Religion.

10(F) Sexual orientation.

11(G) Disability.

12(H) Gender identity.

13(3) New and recent administrative efforts to reduce student food
14insecurity and student homelessness.

15(b) The governing body of each independent institution of higher
16education, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 66010, shall
17generate a report once every biennium of the legislative session,
18commencing with the 2017-18 Regular Session, that shall include
19all of the information specified in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive,
20of subdivision (a) as to the institution.

21(c) The Board of Governors of the California Community
22Colleges, the Trustees of the California State University, and the
23governing body of each independent institution of higher education,
24as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 66010, are required, and
25each University of California campus is encouraged, to each post
26the respective report on its Internet Web site.

27(d) The Board of Governors of the California Community
28Colleges, the Trustees of the California State University, and the
29governing body of each independent institution of higher education,
30as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 66010, are required, and
31the Regents of the University of California are encouraged, to
32create, review every two years thereafter, and, as necessary, update
33protocols, policies, and procedures regarding compliance with the
34Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus
35Crime Statistics Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1092(f)) and the Violence
36Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (20 U.S.C. Sec.
371092(f)(8)).

38(e) The Board of Governors of the California Community
39Colleges shall request, but not require, the information specified
40in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of subdivision (a) from
P4    1community college districts. The report of the board shall be based
2on data available from participating community college districts.

3(f) A report to be generated pursuant to this section shall be sent
4to the Governor, the Attorney General, and the appropriate policy
5committees of the Legislature.

6(g) For purposes of this section, “campus climate” means a
7measure of an individual’s experience within a learning
8environment, specifically focusing on the current attitudes,
9practices, policies, and behaviors of campus life that impact the
10success and retention of all members of a campus community.

begin delete
11

SEC. 2.  

Section 66302 of the Education Code is amended to
12read:

13

66302.  

(a) If the Trustees of the California State University
14and the governing board of each community college district expend
15funds to support activities related to campus climate, as that term
16is defined in subdivision (g) of Section 66073, the Trustees of the
17California State University and the governing board of each
18community college district shall adopt and publish policies on
19harassment, intimidation, and bullying to be included within the
20rules and regulations governing student behavior within their
21respective segments of public postsecondary education.

22(b) The Regents of the University of California are requested
23to adopt and publish policies on harassment, intimidation, and
24bullying to be included within their rules and regulations governing
25student behavior.

26(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that rules and regulations
27governing student conduct be published, at a minimum, on the
28Internet Web site of each public postsecondary educational campus
29and as part of any printed material covering those rules and
30regulations within the respective public postsecondary education
31system.

32

SEC. 3.  

If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
33this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
34local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
35pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
364 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

end delete


O

    96