OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

Legislative Office Building, Room 5200

Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5029

AN ACT CONCERNING SEXUAL ASSAULT, STALKING AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

UConn

GF - Cost

110,000

90,000

Board of Regents for Higher Education

GF - Cost

795,000

795,000

UConn Health Ctr.

GF - Cost

135,000

135,000

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

208,962

208,962

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a cost of $1,248,962 in FY 15 and $1,228,962in FY 16 to the constituent units of higher education. The costs are a result of (1) data collection and reporting requirements which are beyond those currently required under federal law; (2) student and employee training and educational development; and (3) staff training for campus response teams.

The University of Connecticut would require a part-time position ($30,000 in salary and $10,998 in fringe benefits) to perform the data collection and reporting requirements. The university currently employs a full-time position to meet data collection and reporting requirements contained in the federal Clery Act. Additionally, the university would require approximately $50,000 in FY 15 to expand the current prevention and awareness programming offered to students to include employees and to retool the program to meet requirements in the bill. The cost in FY 16 would be approximately $30,000 as the new programming would be developed in FY 15. Finally, staff training for campus response teams would total $30,000 annually. This includes educational material, in-house training, and travel and conference costs for out-of-state training.

The University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) would require one full time position ($60,000 in salary and $21,996 in fringe benefits) to perform the data collection and reporting requirements. The requirements of the bill exceed the current data collection capabilities at UCHC. Additionally, UCHC would require $35,000 to support server equipment and software for an on-line training system for students. Finally, UCHC would require an additional $40,000 for retaining consultants and developing education and training material.

The Board of Regents (BOR) would require a part-time position ($30,000 in salary and $10,998 in fringe benefits) at each of the 16 campuses to perform the data collection and reporting requirements. This totals to $480,000 in salaries and $175,968 in fringe benefits across the system. Additionally, the system would require approximately $315,000 per year to meet the requirements associated with student and employee training and educational development along with staff training for campus response teams.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 36.66% of payroll in FY 15 and FY 16.