NY Assembly Passes Bill Strengthening Campus Safety

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/05 2014 04:10PM

Updated 05/05 2014 06:20PM

ALBANY, N.Y.  - The New York Assembly passed a bill strengthen campus safety

A press release says the bill would require all colleges and universities to notify the appropriate law enforcement agency of a violent felony or a student residing in on-campus housing is missing within 24 hours. 

“When a student falls victim to a violent crime or has been reported missing, every second counts,” Speaker Silver said. “Any delay means valuable time has been lost and lives are in even greater danger. This legislation answers demands for a stronger response to the unsettling number of assaults on college campuses by ensuring such terrible and unfortunate occurrences are swiftly reported to local law enforcement officials. We must do everything in our power to keep students and campuses safe.”

The bill would strengthen the Campus Safety Act of 1999. The act didn't require colleges and universities to report violent felonies and missing persons to local law enforcement. 

The bill now heads to the New York Senate.

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