An important reminder for New York schools: July 1 is the annual deadline for certification submission to the New York State Education Department (SED). This year is a “basic” certification year, requiring only the signed form certifying compliance with 129-A and 129-B. The next year that will require full policy and procedure submissions is 2024 (the 2015 legislation conformed the 129-B reporting cycle with 129-A). This is a separate obligation from the 129-B Aggregate Reporting, which is due October 1 of each year. 

You can view a guidance document and FAQs intended to help colleges and universities meet this compliance obligation. If you have a question about 129-B compliance, please reach out to us at to connect to a member of our team. 

About Andrea and Joe

Andrea Stagg, Director of Consulting Services and Joseph Storch, Senior Director of Compliance and Innovation Solutions 

Andrea and Joe coordinated a working group in New York that created the policies which became Article 129-B, and drafted guidance to implement the law. They have also advised federal and state legislators on best practices in campus safety and sexual harassment and prevention. Andrea served on a state-wide campus working group with prevention and response partners throughout New York. Joe has developed tools to help campuses with their compliance and reporting obligations, including methods for tracking annual reporting, and has presented on the law hundreds of times across the state of New York.