Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill

Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Hillicon Valley: Uber to lay off thousands of employees | Facebook content moderation board announces members | Lawmakers introduce bill to cut down online child exploitation Democrats introduce legislation to protect children from online exploitation MORE (D-N.Y.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill State Department scrutiny threatens Pompeo's political ambitions Senators offer bill to prevent relief payments from being seized by private debt collectors 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.


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 McCaskillSenate faces protracted floor fight over judges amid pandemic safety concerns Amash on eyeing presidential bid: 'Millions of Americans' want someone other than Trump, Biden Senators poke fun at Warner over tuna melt: 'I think you're doing it wrong' 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.”

Gillibrand and Grassley’s co-sponsors for the reintroduced bill include Sens. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump spotted wearing a face mask Sen. Shaheen tells Biden campaign she does not want to be vetted for VP Senate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe MORE (D-N.H.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstIowa Democrat tops Ernst in early fundraising report EPA's Wheeler grilled by Democrats over environmental rollbacks amid COVID-19 The Hill's Coronavirus Report: CDC Director Redfield responds to Navarro criticism; Mnuchin and Powell brief Senate panel MORE (R-Iowa), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOverwhelming majority of publicly traded firms have not returned small-business loans: review GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill COVID-19 makes Trump's work with black Americans that much harder MORE (R-Fla.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoTrump tries to soothe anxious GOP senators The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - In reversal, Trump says he won't disband coronavirus task force McConnell under mounting GOP pressure to boost state aid MORE (R-W.V.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedOvernight Defense: Trump to withdraw US from Open Skies Treaty | Pentagon drops ban on recruits who had virus | FBI says Corpus Christi shooting terror-related Trump to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty On The Money: Powell, Mnuchin split on benefits of easing COVID-19 restrictions | Warren, Mnuchin spar over Treasury's 0B bailout fund | Fight emerges over unemployment benefits in next relief bill MORE (D-R.I.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOpen Skies withdrawal throws nuclear treaty into question GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill Pass the Primary Care Enhancement Act MORE (D-N.H.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerGrenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts McConnell gives two vulnerable senators a boost with vote on outdoor recreation bill The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of another relief package; Warner says some businesses 'may not come back' at The Hill's Advancing America's Economy summit MORE (R-Va.).