NY Senate Passes Stronger Campus Safety Act

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/11 2014 01:41PM

Updated 06/11 2014 02:46PM

ALBANY, N.Y. -  The New York Senate has passed the Stronger Campus Safety Act on Wednesday. 

A press release says the bill will require colleges and universities to notify law enforcement within 24 hours of receiving a report of a violent felony or when a student who resides in campus housing is missing.

"By strengthening the Campus Safety Act, this bipartisan legislation ensures that any crimes committed on a college campus are promptly, and accurately, reported to local law enforcement to ensure perpetrators are punished, victims are protected and see justice," Bill Sponsor Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-C, Halfmoon) said. 

The Campus Safety Act was passed in 1999 after Suzanne Lyall went missing from the University at Albany on March 2, 1998. 

The bill will be sent to Governor Cuomo for consideration.

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