PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Gina Wilder | January 14th, 2013 - 3:40pm
| More

Assembly Democrats News Release

Assembly Panel OK's Gusciora & Quijano Bill to Allow Law Enforcement to Notify Higher Ed. Institutions of Students Charged, Convicted of Crimes

(TRENTON) - An Assembly committee on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) and Annette Quijano (D-Union) to authorize law enforcement agencies to inform public and independent institutions of higher education when a student is charged or convicted of certain criminal offenses.

"Higher education institutions have standards that students must adhere to. If a student has been charged or convicted of a serious crime, they have failed to meet those standards. If they pose a threat to students and staff, the proper authorities at the university deserve to know," said Gusciora.

"Colleges and universities are places of learning. Students and staff members should not have to worry about individuals with criminal backgrounds who may prove disruptive or worse," said Quijano. "The offenses covered under this bill are serious enough to warrant notification."

The bill (A-3173) provides that at the time of a criminal charge or conviction of any student enrolled in a public or independent institution of higher education in the state, the law enforcement or prosecuting agency may provide written notice to the president of the institution of the student's identity, the offense charged and the conviction, if the offense constitutes a crime and the offense: resulted in death or serious bodily injury or involved an attempt or conspiracy to cause death or serious bodily injury; involved the unlawful use or possession of a firearm or other weapon; involved the unlawful manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog; was committed with a purpose to intimidate an individual or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity; is a crime or offense set forth in chapter 14 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes; or is a crime of the first, second, or third degree.

The bill also clarifies that a law enforcement or prosecuting agency is not prohibited from providing the president of an institution with information identifying one or more students who are under investigation or have been taken into custody for commission of any act that would constitute an offense, if the information may be useful to the president in maintaining order, safety or discipline in the institution. The bill provides that any information provided to the president will be maintained by the institution and may be made available to such members of the staff and faculty of the institution as the president deems appropriate for maintaining order, safety, or discipline in the institution.

The measure was released by the Assembly Higher Education Committee; and it now goes to the desk of the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.

To read more, please visit the New Jersey General Assembly Democratic Office Web site.

On the Net:
The Assembly Democratic Office Web site
NJ Assembly Dems on YouTube
NJ Assembly Dems on Vimeo
NJ Assembly Dems on Facebook
NJ Assembly Dems on Twitter
NJ Assembly Dems e-mail alerts

Contact Info: 

Majority Press Office 609-847-3500

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The good news of tonight is that these problems are fixable.” - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Who would you back for Governor of NJ in this 2017 general election dream match-up?:

Resources

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources