N.Y. Education Law Section 5708
Powers to police grounds and regulate traffic thereon


For the purpose of providing for the safety of its students, faculty, employees and visitors, Cornell university is hereby authorized and empowered through its board of trustees:


To adopt, make applicable and enforce, upon the streets, roads and highways owned, controlled or maintained by said university within the grounds of said university and constituting a part of the educational and research plant or plants owned or under the supervision, administration, and control of said university, such provisions of the vehicle and traffic law, and such rules of the state department of transportation as control or regulate vehicular or pedestrian traffic, and parking.


To adopt and enforce such additional rules and regulations for the control of the use of the streets and roads described in the foregoing subdivision as local authorities are empowered to adopt and enforce pursuant to said vehicle and traffic law.


To adopt and enforce rules and regulations not inconsistent with law, controlling parking of vehicles and pedestrian traffic over, along and upon the lands and premises of said university or the streets and highways therein, and to control or prohibit thereon or therein vending, hawking, loitering and trespassing.


To erect, operate and maintain at the entrance or entrances to any such grounds and at other appropriate points thereon or therein control lights, signs and signals.


A violation of any section of the vehicle and traffic law or of any rule of the state department of transportation made applicable as provided in paragraph a of subdivision one hereof, shall be a misdemeanor or traffic infraction as designated in such law or rules as the case may be, and punishable as therein provided, and any violation of a rule or regulation adopted under paragraph b of subdivision one hereof shall be a traffic infraction and punishable as provided in the state vehicle and traffic law.


A violation of any rules or regulations of the university adopted pursuant to paragraph c of subdivision one of this section, shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable by fine not exceeding fifty dollars or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both.


Notice of any such laws or rules and regulations made applicable or adopted as hereinbefore provided shall be given either personally or by reasonable notice conspicuously posted on the said lands and premises, or by traffic sign, signal or device, and by filing a copy of all such laws, rules and regulations, and amendments thereof from time to time, in the office of the clerk of the city, town, or village where they are to be enforced. Such laws, rules and regulations shall be enforced, and violations thereof shall be punishable in any court having jurisdiction in the territory in which such violations shall occur.

Source: Section 5708 — Powers to police grounds and regulate traffic thereon, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EDN/5708 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

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