AB 968, as amended, Williams. Postsecondary education: transcripts.
Under existing law, the Donahoe Higher Education Act, the segments of postsecondary education in this state include the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, independent institutions of higher education, and private postsecondary educational institutions. A provision of the act applies to the University of California only to the extent that the Regents of the University of California, by appropriate resolution, act to make the provision applicable.
This bill would amend the act to require the governing board of each community college district, the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California, the governing body of each independent institution of higher education, and the governing body of each private postsecondary educational institution to indicate on a student’s transcript when the student is ineligible to reenroll due to suspension or expulsion for the period of time the student is ineligible to reenroll. The bill would find and declare that the disclosure of student suspensions and expulsions on student transcripts ensures the integrity and transparency of student transcripts and the safety and security of California campuses. By requiring community college districts to provide for the notation of transcripts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
3(a) At public and private colleges and universities across
4California, the student academic transcript is recognized as the
5official record of a student’s academic progress from admission
6until separation from the institution.
7(b) The transcript is often the only document that must
8accompany a student in the process of transferring to another
9institution, and it is thus important for both students and institutions
10that the transcript accurately reflects the student’s performance.
11(c) A violation of a student code of conduct, including the
12commission of sexual assault, can result in a student being
13temporarily or permanently separated from an institution.
14(d) Significant inconsistencies exist in current policies and
15practices related to the notation of disciplinary dismissals on
17(e) The absence of this pertinent information can put a receiving
18institution and its students at risk, and may raise liability concerns
19for the institution from which the student transfers.
P3 1(f) The disclosure of student suspensions and expulsions on
2student transcripts ensures the integrity and transparency of student
3transcripts and the safety and security of California campuses.
Section 66304 is added to the Education Code, to read:
The governing board of each community college
6district, the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents
7of the University of California, the governing body of each
8independent institution of higher education, and the governing
9body of each private postsecondary educational institution shall
10indicate when a student is ineligible to reenroll due to suspension
11or expulsion on the student’s transcript for the period of time the
12student is ineligible to reenroll.
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
16this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
17local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
18pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
194 of Title 2 of the Government Code.