BOARD OF REGENTS
EDUCATION LAW AND THE NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF REGENTS
The following are selected excerpts from the New York State Education Law. Please refer to the Law for the full text and additional sections. You may access the Education Law by visiting the New York State Senate’s website
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§ 101. Education department; regents of the university
There shall continue to be in the state government an education department. The department is charged with the general management and supervision of all public schools and all of the educational work of the state, including the operations of The University of the State of New York and the exercise of all the functions of the education department, of The University of the State of New York, of the regents of the university of the commissioner of education and the performance of all their powers and duties, which were transferred to the education department by section three hundred twelve of the state departments law or shall have been prescribed by law before March sixteenth, nineteen hundred twenty-seven, whether in terms vested in such department or university or in any sub-department, division or bureau thereof or in such commissioner, board or officer, and such functions, powers and duties shall continue to be vested in the education department continued by this chapter and shall continue to be exercised and performed therein by or through the appropriate officer, sub-department, division or bureau thereof, together with such functions, powers and duties as hereafter may be conferred or imposed upon such department by law. All the provisions of this chapter, in so far as they are not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter as hereby amended or may be made applicable, shall apply to the education department continued by this chapter as hereby amended and to The University of the State of New York, the board of regents of the university, the commissioner of education and to the divisions, bureaus and officers in such department. The head of the department shall continue to be the regents of The University of the State of New York, who shall appoint, and at pleasure may remove, the commissioner of education. The commissioner shall continue to be the chief administrative officer of the department. The regents also may appoint and, at pleasure, remove a deputy commissioner of education, who shall perform such duties as the regents may assign to him by rule and who, in the absence or disability of the commissioner or when a vacancy exists in the office of commissioner, shall exercise and perform the functions, powers and duties conferred or imposed on the commissioner by this chapter. The regents of The University of the State of New York shall continue to constitute a board and The University of the State of New York, which was continued under such name by section two of article eleven of the constitution, shall continue to be governed and all its corporate powers to be exercised by such board.
§ 201. Corporate name and objects
The corporation created in the year seventeen hundred eighty-four under the name of The Regents of the University of the State of New York, is hereby continued under the name of The University of the State of New York. Its objects shall be to encourage and promote education, to visit and inspect its several institutions and departments, to distribute to or expand or administer for them such property and funds as the state may appropriate therefor or as the university may own or hold in trust or otherwise, and to perform such other duties as may be intrusted to it. The said corporation shall have power to take, hold and administer real and personal property and the income thereof in trust for any educational, scientific, historical or other purpose within the jurisdiction of the regents of The University of the State of New York.
§ 202. Regents
1. The University of the State of New York shall be governed and all its corporate powers exercised by a board of regents the number of whose members shall at all times be four more than the number of the then existing judicial districts of the state and shall not be less than fifteen. The regents in office April first, nineteen hundred seventy-four shall hold office, in the order of their election, for such times that the term of one such regent will expire in each year on the first day of April. Commencing April first, nineteen hundred seventy-four, each regent shall be elected for a term of seven years, each such term to expire on the first day of April. Commencing on April first, nineteen hundred ninety-four, each regent shall be elected for a term of five years, each such term to expire on the first day of April. Each regent shall be elected by the legislature by concurrent resolution in the preceding March, on or before the first Tuesday of such month. If, however, the legislature fails to agree on such concurrent resolution by the first Tuesday of such month, then the two houses shall meet in joint session at noon on the second Tuesday of such month and proceed to elect such regent by joint ballot. [Note – Subdivisions 2-5 omitted]
§ 207. Legislative power
Subject and in conformity to the constitution and laws of the state, the regents shall exercise legislative functions concerning the educational system of the state, determine its educational policies, and, except, as to the judicial functions of the commissioner of education, establish rules for carrying into effect the laws and policies of the state, relating to education, and the functions, powers, duties and trusts conferred or charged upon the university and the education department. But no enactment of the regents shall modify in any degree the freedom of the governing body of any seminary for the training of priests or clergymen to determine and regulate the entire course of religious, doctrinal or theological instruction to be given in such institution. No rule by which more than a majority vote shall be required for any specified action by the regents shall be amended, suspended or repealed by a smaller vote than that required for action thereunder. Rules or regulations, or amendments or repeals thereof, adopted or prescribed by the commissioner of education as provided by law shall not be effective unless and until approved by the regents, except where authority is conferred by the regents upon the commissioner of education to adopt, prescribe, amend or repeal such rules or regulations.
§ 208. General examinations, credentials and degrees
The regents may confer by diploma under their seal such honorary degrees as they may deem proper, and may establish examinations as to attainments in learning, and may award and confer suitable certificates, diplomas and degrees on persons who satisfactorily meet the requirements prescribed.
§ 209. Academic examinations; admissions and fees
The regents shall establish in the secondary institutions of the university, examinations in studies furnishing a suitable standard of graduation therefrom and of admission to colleges, and certificates or diplomas shall be conferred by the regents on students who satisfactorily pass such examinations.
Any person shall be admitted to these examinations who shall conform to the rules and pay the fees prescribed by the regents.
§ 210. Registrations
The regents may register domestic and foreign institutions in terms of New York standards, and fix the value of degrees, diplomas and certificates issued by institutions of other states or countries and presented for entrance to schools, colleges and the professions in this state.
§ 214. Institutions in the university
The institutions of the university shall include all secondary and higher educational institutions which are now or may hereafter be incorporated in this state, and such other libraries, museums, institutions, schools, organizations and agencies for education as may be admitted to or incorporated by the university. The regents may exclude from such membership any institution failing to comply with law or with any rule of the university.
§ 215. Visitation and reports
The regents, or the commissioner of education, or their representatives, may visit, examine into and inspect, any institution in the university and any school or institution under the educational supervision of the state, and may require, as often as desired, duly verified reports therefrom giving such information and in such form as the regents or the commissioner of education shall prescribe. For refusal or continued neglect on the part of any institution in the university to make any report required, or for violation of any law or any rule of the university, the regents may suspend the charter or any of the rights and privileges of such institution.
Under such name, with such number of trustees or other managers, and with such powers, privileges and duties, and subject to such limitations and restrictions in all respects as the regents may prescribe in conformity to law, they may, by an instrument under their seal and recorded in their office, incorporate any university, college, academy, library, museum, or other institution or association for the promotion of science, literature, art, history or other department of knowledge, or of education in any way, associations of teachers, students, graduates of educational institutions, and other associations whose approved purposes are, in whole or in part, of educational or cultural value deemed worthy of recognition and encouragement by the university. No institution or association which might be incorporated by the regents under this chapter shall, without their consent, be incorporated under any other general law. An institution or association which might be incorporated by the regents under this chapter may, with the consent of the commissioner of education, be formed under the business corporation law or pursuant to the not-for-profit corporation law if such consent of the commissioner of education is attached to its certificate of incorporation.
No individual, association, partnership, company or corporation not authorized by special charter from the legislature of this state or by charter from the regents to operate a museum, or arboretum shall knowingly use, advertise or transact business under the names "museum," or "arboretum," or any name, title or descriptive material indicating or tending to imply that said individual, association, partnership, company or corporation conducts, carries on, or is such a business when it is not, or that it is authorized to operate as such, unless the right to do so has been granted by the regents or the commissioner in writing. Any violation of this paragraph shall be a misdemeanor. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, an individual, association, partnership, company or corporation doing business under any of such names on the effective date of this paragraph may come into compliance with this paragraph by obtaining consent of the regents or the commissioner within one year of such effective date.
§ 6504. Regulation of the professions
Admission to the practice of the professions (licensing) and regulation of such practice shall be supervised by the board of regents (section sixty-five hundred six) and administered by the education department (section sixty-five hundred seven), assisted by a state board for each profession (section sixty-five hundred eight).
§ 6506. Supervision by the board of regents
The board of regents shall supervise the admission to and the practice of the professions. In supervising, the board of regents may:
(1) Promulgate rules, except that no rule shall be promulgated concerning article 131-A of this chapter;
(2) Establish by rule, high school, preprofessional, professional and other educational qualifications required for licensing in the professions regulated by this title;
(3) Charter schools offering educational programs for the professions regulated by this title, and no such school shall operate in this state without such a charter, except Columbia University, any school chartered by special act of the legislature prior to September one, nineteen hundred seventy-one, and schools specifically authorized to conduct such programs by the regents;
(4) Appoint such committees as it deems necessary and compensate members of such committees who are not members of the board of regents or the department up to one hundred dollars per day for each day devoted to committee functions, together with their necessary expenses;
(5) Waive education, experience and examination requirements for a professional license prescribed in the article relating to the profession, provided the board of regents shall be satisfied that the requirements of such article have been substantially met;
(6) Indorse a license issued by a licensing board of another state or country upon the applicant fulfilling the following requirements:
(a) Application: file an application with the department;
(b) Education: meet educational requirements in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
(c) Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
(d) Examination: pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
(e) Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;
(f) Citizenship or immigration status: be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States;
(g) Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
(h) Prior professional conduct: where an application is submitted for licensure endorsement in any profession regulated by this title and the board of regents determines that while engaged in practice in another jurisdiction the applicant: (i) has been subject to disciplinary action by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of such other jurisdiction, where the conduct upon which the disciplinary action was based would, if committed in New York state, constitute practicing the profession beyond its authorized scope, with gross incompetence, with gross negligence on a particular occasion, or with negligence or incompetence on more than one occasion under the laws of New York state, or (ii) has voluntarily or otherwise surrendered his or her professional license in another jurisdiction after a disciplinary action was instituted by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of such other jurisdiction, based on conduct that would, if committed in New York state, constitute practicing the profession beyond its authorized scope, with gross incompetence, with gross negligence on a particular occasion, or with negligence or incompetence on more than one occasion under the laws of New York state, the board of regents shall evaluate the conduct and may deny licensure endorsement to the applicant based on such conduct;
(7) Direct the department to remedy any error, omission, delay or other circumstance in the issuance of registration of a license;
(8) Designate a professional conduct officer, who shall be the chief administrative officer of the office of the professions, or his designee, in connection with professional licensing and misconduct proceedings and criminal matters, such officer to be empowered to issue subpoenas and administer oaths in connection with such proceedings;
(9) Establish by rule, standards of conduct with respect to advertising, fee splitting, practicing under a name other than that of the individual licensee (when not specifically authorized), proper use of academic or professional degrees or titles tending to imply professional status, and such other ethical practices as such board shall deem necessary, except that no rule shall be established concerning article 131-A of this chapter; and
(10) Delegate to department officers the disposition of any licensing matters pursuant to rules.