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Section 2802 – Chapter 16, Title II, Article 55

§   2802.   Uniform   violent   incident   reporting  system.  

  1. The commissioner, in conjunction  with  the  division  of  criminal  justice services,  shall  promulgate regulations defining "violent or disruptive incidents" for the purposes of this section.
  2. The commissioner, in conjunction  with  the  division  of  criminal justice  services,  shall establish a statewide uniform violent incident reporting system which public school districts,  boards  of  cooperative educational  services  and  county  vocational  education  and extension boards shall follow.
  3. The uniform violent incident reporting system shall require  public school  districts, boards of cooperative educational services and county vocational education and extension boards  to  annually  report  to  the commissioner in a form and by a date prescribed by the commissioner, the following  information  concerning violent and disruptive incidents that occurred in the prior school year:
    1. the type of offenders;
    2. if any offender is a student, the age and grade of the student;
    3. the location at which the incident occurred;
    4. the type of incident;
    5. whether the incident occurred during or outside of  regular  school hours;
    6. where  the  incident  involves  a weapon, whether the weapon was a firearm, knife or other weapon;
    7. the actions taken by  the  school  in  response  to  the  incident, including  when  the  incident was reported to law enforcement officials and whether disciplinary action was taken against the offenders;
    8. any  student  discipline  or  referral  action  taken  against   a student/offender,   including   but  not  limited  to  an  out-of-school suspension, an involuntary transfer  to  an  alternative  placement,  an in-school  suspension,  a referral for community service, a referral for counseling, or a referral  to  the  juvenile  justice  system,  and  the duration of such action; and
    9. the nature of the victim and the victim's age and grade where appropriate.
  4. The commissioner shall require a summary of such information to  be included,  in  a  form  prescribed  by  the  commissioner, in the school district report cards  or  board  of  cooperative  educational  services report cards required by this chapter.
  5. By January first of each year, the commissioner shall report to the governor,  the  legislature and the regents concerning the prevalence of violence and  disruptive  incidents  in  the  public  schools,  and  the effectiveness  of  school  programs  undertaken  to  reduce violence and assure the safety and security of students  and  school  personnel.  The report  shall  summarize  the  information  available  from the incident reporting system, and  identify  specifically  the  schools  and  school districts   with  the  least  and  greatest  incidence  of  violent  and disruptive incidents, and the  least  and  most  improvement  since  the previous  year  or years. The report shall also, to the extent possible, relate  the  results  available  from  the  incident  reporting  system, together  with  such  other analysis and information as the commissioner determines is appropriate,  to  the  effectiveness  of  school  violence measures  undertaken  by  participating  schools  and  school districts, including the school codes and school safety plans required by  sections twenty-eight hundred one and twenty-eight hundred one-a of this article.
  6. The  commissioner,  in  conjunction  with  the commissioner of the division of criminal justice services, shall promulgate  regulations  to implement  the  provisions  of  this section and to assure to the extent practicable that the reports used by school districts  are  uniform  and comparable  with  respect  to  the  types  of incidents reported and the responses of the schools and  the  school  districts.  Such  regulations shall  provide  for  the  confidentiality of all personally identifiable information   and   shall   ensure   that  any  personally  identifiable information which is collected is used only for its intended purpose.

    * Notwithstanding any other provision of state or local  law,  rule or  regulation  to  the contrary, any student who attends a persistently dangerous public elementary or secondary school, as  determined  by  the commissioner  pursuant  to  paragraph a of this subdivision, or who is a victim of a violent criminal offense, as defined pursuant to paragraph b of this subdivision, that occurred on the grounds of a public elementary or secondary school that the student attends, shall be allowed to attend a safe public school within the local educational agency to  the  extent required  by section ninety-five hundred thirty-two of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

    1. The commissioner shall annually determine which  public  elementary and  secondary  schools  are  persistently  dangerous in accordance with regulations  of  the  commissioner  developed  in  consultation  with  a representative  sample of local educational agencies. Such determination shall be based on data submitted through the  uniform  violent  incident reporting  system  over  a  period  prescribed in the regulations, which shall not be less than two years.
    2. Each local educational agency required  to  provide  unsafe  school choice   shall   establish   procedures   for   determinations   by  the superintendent of schools or other chief school  officer  of  whether  a student  is  the  victim  of a violent criminal offense that occurred on school  grounds  of  the  school  that   the   student   attends.   Such superintendent  of schools or other chief school officer shall, prior to making any such determination, consult with any law  enforcement  agency investigating  such  alleged  violent  criminal offense and consider any reports or records provided by such agency. The  trustees  or  board  of education  or  other  governing  board of a local educational agency may provide, by local rule or by-law, for appeal of the determination of the superintendent of schools to such governing board.  Notwithstanding  any other  provision of law to the contrary, the determination of such chief school officer pursuant to this  paragraph  shall  not  have  collateral estoppel  effect  in any student disciplinary proceeding brought against the alleged victim or perpetrator of such violent criminal offense.  For purposes  of  this  subdivision, "violent criminal offense" shall mean a crime that involved infliction of serious physical injury  upon  another as  defined  in  the  penal  law,  a  sex offense that involved forcible compulsion or any other offense defined in the penal law  that  involved the use or threatened use of a deadly weapon.
    3. Each local educational agency, as defined in subsection twenty-six of section ninety-one hundred one of the No Child  Left  Behind  Act  of 2001,  that  is  required  to  provide school choice pursuant to section ninety-five hundred thirty-two of the No Child Left Behind Act  of  2001 shall establish procedures for notification of parents of, or persons in parental   relation  to,  students  attending  schools  that  have  been designated as persistently dangerous  and  parents  of,  or  persons  in parental  relation  to,  students  who  are  victims of violent criminal offenses of their right to transfer to a safe public school  within  the local  educational  agency and procedures for such transfer, except that nothing  in  this  subdivision  shall  be  construed  to  require   such notification  where  there  are no other public schools within the local educational agency at the same grade level or such transfer  to  a  safe public   school   within  the  local  educational  agency  is  otherwise impossible or to require a local educational agency that  has  only  one public  school  within  the  local educational agency or only one public school at each grade level to develop such procedures. The  commissioner shall  be authorized to adopt any regulations deemed necessary to assure that  local  educational  agencies  implement  the  provisions  of  this subdivision.

* NB Repealed June 30, 2009

Last Updated: March 16, 2009