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Sen. May introduces bill to regulate college closures: How would it work?

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In response to Wells College’s closure announcement, State Senator Rachel May introduced Senate Bill S9391 to establish rules for colleges and universities planning to close. The proposed legislation aims to ensure a smooth transition for students, faculty, and staff, while mitigating the negative impact on local communities.


The bill mandates that institutions publicly announce closure plans at least one year in advance and hold three public meetings to address community concerns. Colleges must notify accrediting agencies nine months before closing and provide detailed teach-out or transfer plans for students six months prior. Plans to sell or transfer campus resources must be shared with local governments six months before closure.

The bill is under review by the Senate’s Higher Education Committee and, if passed, will become effective one year after its passage. Senator May also introduced Senate Bill S5234 to support communities impacted by college closures, inspired by Cazenovia College’s shutdown.