Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill

Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (D-N.Y.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress | Kudlow denies plan to demote Fed chief | Waters asks Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project On The Money: Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress | Kudlow denies plan to demote Fed chief | Waters asks Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress MORE (R-Iowa) have reintroduced a bipartisan bill to improve accountability on campus sexual assault.

Under the bill’s provisions, colleges and universities would be required to designate sexual assault response coordinators to assist students who experience sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The coordinators would also coordinate support services and accommodations for survivors.

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The bill would also bar schools from punishing students for revealing a non-violent conduct violation, such as drinking, when they report sexual violence.

The bill would also require all schools to use a standardized process for student disciplinary proceedings, with no option to let athletic departments handle complaints. Schools would also be required to provide the accused and the survivor with written notification of the decision to proceed with campus disciplinary action within 24 hours of the decision. 

The bill would also require the creation of training standards for on-campus personnel and improved cooperation between colleges and local law enforcement. It would create new transparency requirements that would survey students at every college and university in the country about their experiences with sexual violence in a confidential biennial survey. The Department of Education would be required to publish the names of all schools with Title IX pending investigations, final resolutions and voluntary resolution settlements relating to sexual violence, according to Gillibrand’s office. 

The bill was first introduced by then-Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillConservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries Congress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Lobbying world MORE (D-Mo.) in February 2015, eventually dying in committee without a floor vote.

“Sexual assault is pervasive in colleges and universities all over the country, yet Congress has not done nearly enough to address this crisis,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “For far too long institutions have gotten away with sweeping this problem under the rug. Students are demanding that Congress take this problem seriously, and we must listen to them.”

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