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126th Morrison Congress

2nd Session

H.R. 126-023

Title of the Bill: Campus Accountability and Safety Act

Main Author(s): Emily Chang

Co-Sponsor(s): Karen Lin (D-RI), Will Yang (R-CA), Joseph Wo (R-NY)

BE IT ENACTED BY THE MORRISON CONGRESS

1 SECTION 1: Findings
2 Congress makes the following findings:
3 1) College aged female students are more likely to be assaulted than
4 non-students of the same age. (i)
5 2) It is estimated that for every 1,000 women attending college or university,
6 there are 35 incidents of rape each academic year. (ii)
7 3) Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females and 5.4 of males
8 experience rape or sexual assault. (ii)
9 4) 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical
10 force, violence, or incapacitation. (ii)
11 5) Only 12% of assault cases are reported. (v)
12 6) Less than 5% of completed or attempted rapes against college women were
13 reported to law enforcement.(v)
14 7) College campuses reported over 6,700 forcible sex offenses in 2014, but a
15 recent study show the actual number of offenses is 4 times that amount. (iv)
16 8) The current federal laws have the effect of encouraging colleges to
17 under-report cases of sexual assault. (iv)
18 9) One in 20 (4.7%) women reported being raped in college since the beginning of
19 the year a period of approximately 7 months and nearly three quarters of
20 those rapes (72%) happened with the victims were so intoxicated they were
21 unable to consent or refuse. (v)
22 10) 41% of 236 American colleges surveyed had conducted 0 investigations of
23 sexual assault in the past 5 years. (iii)
24 11) Currently, 185 universities are under federal investigation by the US
25 Department of Educations Office for violating Title XI related to the handling
26 of sexual violence. (iv)
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28 SECTION 2: Purpose
29 The purpose of this bill is to allow accessible counseling to victims of sexual assault
30 on every university/college campus, and therefore encourage individuals to come
31 forward with reports about sexual violence.
32 SECTION 3: General Provisions
33 Colleges and universities will be required to make Confidential Advisors accessible
34 to every student in every campus.
35 Of known sexual assault cases, Confidential Advisors will be designated to each of
36 the victims
37 Confidential Advisors must not be undergraduate/graduate students, employees at
38 the school, or have any roles at the college/university.
39 Confidential Advisors are not obligated to report crimes to the institution or law
40 enforcement without the victims consent.
41 Confidential Advisors will be specially trained to know how to deal with sexual
42 assault victims and cases.
43 Confidential Advisors must inform the victim of his/her rights.
44 Confidential Advisors must inform the victim of all of his/her reporting options.
45 The college/university must provide an adequate number of Confidential Advisors
46 based on the the college/universitys size. This will be determined by the
47 Secretary of Education.
48 The school/university must provide the name and contact information for each
49 Confidential Advisor so they may be held accountable.
50 Schools that dont comply with these requirements will potentially be penalized with
51 1% of the college/universitys budget.
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54 SECTION 4: Definitions
55 College aged students = ages 18-24.
56 Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments requires colleges and universities receiving
57 federal funding to combat gender-based violence and harassment, and respond to
58 survivors needs in order to ensure that all students have equal access to education.
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Works Cited:
(i) https://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/CampusAccountabilityAndSafetyAct.pdf
(ii) https://www.rainn.org/statistics/campus-sexual-violence
(iii) http://time.com/3058840/campus-sexual-assault-bipartisan-bill-aims-to-reform-the-investigation-process/
(iv) https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/campus-sexual-assault
(v)https://www.nsvrc.org/saam/campus-resource-list
https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Campus%20Accountability%20and%20Saf
ety%20Act%20-%20114th%20Congress.pdf