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Moore’s Bill Addressing Campus Sexual Violence Voted Unanimously to Advance

Thursday, June 08, 2017

 

Senator Michael Moore

Senator Michael Moore’s bill to help address the issue of college campus sexual violence was unanimously voted to advance by the Joint Committee on Higher Education. 

The bill is a re-filed version of Moore-sponsored legislation that passed the Senate last year, but was not considered by the House of Representatives before the end of the legislative session. 

“Through improved training, transparency and enforcement of policies, this bill supports initiatives that work to protect students, and ensure that postsecondary institutions are implementing systems that students can trust. As a legislator, and as a father, I recognize that there is more we should be doing to help prevent incidents of sexual assault on our college campuses.  I am hopeful that this important legislation will make its way to the Governor’s desk this time around,” said Senator Moore. 

The bill will now move forward through the legislative process for further consideration. 

Moore’s Bill Requirements 

This bill requires all students and staff to receive mandatory annual sexual violence prevention and awareness programming as well as be notified, via email and on the school website, of the campus policies including information on the resources available to sexual assault victims both on and off-campus, and of the rights of the accused and the alleged victim.

The bill also requires schools to designate a confidential resource advisor to serve as a liaison for students.  When requested by a student, the confidential resource advisor shall provide information on reporting options and the consequences of each of the options and coordinate with the schools to arrange academic accommodations and interim protective measures, such as changing dorms.

This legislation requires that staff responsible for participating in disciplinary proceedings will receive appropriate training to make sure they are knowledgeable about how to best approach these incidents.

In an effort to promote increased coordination with outside resources and services, the bill requires schools to establish a memorandum of understanding with sexual assault crisis centers, and adopt policies that clearly outline the responsibilities and the sharing of information with law enforcement that is not in violation of state and federal laws.

 

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