Code Section Group

Education Code - EDC

TITLE 3. POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION [66000 - 101060]

  ( Title 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 7. COMMUNITY COLLEGES [70900 - 88922]

  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 49. COMMUNITY COLLEGES, EDUCATION FACILITIES [81003 - 82548]

  ( Part 49 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 1. School Sites [81003 - 81192]

  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 8. Fitness for Occupancy [81160 - 81179]
  ( Article 8 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

81160.
  

(a) The provisions of this article do not apply to an offsite building during the time the building is used wholly or in part for community college purposes if the building is neither owned by a community college district nor leased by a community college district under a lease containing an option to purchase the building. For the purposes of this section, an “offsite building” is a building which is situated on land which is neither owned by a community college district nor leased by a community college district under a lease containing an option to purchase the land.

(b) “School building” as used in this article excludes any building which is used for community college district administrative buildings located on a site separate from the community college campuses of the district, and into which students are not required to enter.

(c) “School building” as used in this article shall be limited to any physical structure capable of being occupied by pupils, but shall exclude, (1) any bleacher or grandstand with less than six rows of seats, (2) any building which is used exclusively for warehouse, storage, garage, or districtwide administrative office purposes, into which pupils are not required to enter, and off-campus buildings utilized by adult schools or community colleges for voluntary adult education courses or registered apprentice courses, (3) any swimming pool, or (4) any yard or lighting poles or flagpoles or playground equipment which does not exceed 35 feet in height.

If any building so excluded was not constructed in accordance with Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130) of this chapter and was not repaired, reconstructed, or replaced in accordance with this article, there shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the building a public notice stating that the building does not meet the structural standards imposed by law for earthquake safety.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1372, Sec. 556.)

81161.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature to re-examine the progress under this article from time to time. To enable it to do so, and to expedite the provision of safe educational facilities for California community college students, the Legislature intends that the governing board of each community college district adopt a plan for the orderly repair, reconstruction, or replacement of school buildings not repaired, reconstructed, or replaced in accordance with this article.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

81162.
  

Whenever an examination of the structural condition of any school building of a community college district has been made by the Department of General Services, by any licensed structural engineer or licensed architect for the governing board of the district, or under the authorization of law, and a report of the examination, including the findings and recommendations of the agency or person making the examination, has been made to the governing board of the district, and the report shows that the building is unsafe for use, the governing board of the district immediately shall have prepared an estimate of the cost necessary to make repairs to the building or buildings that are necessary, or, if necessary, to reconstruct or replace the building so that the building when repaired or reconstructed, or any building erected to replace it, shall meet those standards of structural safety that are established in accordance with law. The estimate shall be based on current costs and may include other costs to reflect modern educational needs. Also, an estimate of the cost of replacement based on the standards established by the State Allocation Board for area per student and cost per square foot shall be made and reported.

The report required by this section shall include a statement that each of the buildings examined is safe or unsafe for school use. For the purpose of this statement, the sole consideration shall be protection of life and the prevention of personal injury at a level of safety equivalent to that established by Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130) of this chapter and the rules and regulations adopted thereunder, disregarding, insofar as possible, building damage not jeopardizing life that would be expected from one disturbance of nature of the intensity used for design purposes in those rules and regulations.

The governing board, utilizing the information acquired from the examination and report developed pursuant to this section, shall establish a system of priorities for the repair, reconstruction, or replacement of unsafe school buildings.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 112. Effective January 1, 1996.)

81177.
  

(a) No member of the governing board of a community college district shall be held personally liable for injury to persons or damage to property resulting from the fact that a school building was not constructed under the requirements of Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130), if the governing board complies with this article.

A licensed structural engineer or licensed architect, employed by a governing board to examine any school building under this article, shall not be held personally liable for injury to persons or damage to property as a result of the structural inadequacy and failure of a building, if he or she has exercised normal professional diligence in carrying out his or her functions under Article 7 (commencing with Section 81130) and this article.

(b) Except as provided in subdivision (a), nothing in this article shall be construed as relieving any member of the governing board of a community college district of any liability for injury to persons or damage to property imposed by law.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 758, Sec. 113. Effective January 1, 1996.)

81179.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of this article or Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 81800), whenever a community college district does not have funds available to repair, reconstruct, or replace the school buildings referred to in this article or Section 16320, the community college district shall apply for the funds as may be necessary to accomplish the repair, reconstruction, or replacement pursuant to Chapter 4. The community college district shall also accept the funds as are disbursed to the district pursuant to Chapter 4, whether or not the funds constitute the maximum amount applied for, and shall repay the funds in accordance with Chapter 4.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1372, Sec. 561.)

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