N.Y. Education Law Section 6443
Students’ bill of rights

Every institution shall adopt and implement the following “Students’ Bill of Rights” as part of its code of conduct which shall be distributed annually to students, made available on each institution’s website, posted in campus residence halls and campus centers, and shall include links or information to file a report and seek a response, pursuant to § 6444 (Response to reports)section sixty-four hundred forty-four of this article, and the options for confidential disclosure pursuant to § 6446 (Options for confidential disclosure)section sixty-four hundred forty-six of this article: "All students have the right to:


Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;


Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault treated seriously;


Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;


Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;


Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;


Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed, or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;


Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;


Be protected from retaliation by the institution, any student, the accused and/or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the institution;


Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;


Be accompanied by an advisor of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and


Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the institution."

Source: Section 6443 — Students' bill of rights, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EDN/6443 (updated Aug. 18, 2017; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

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