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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 8, 2015 02:38 PM
From: Representative Tina M. Davis and Rep. Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Safe Campuses Act
In the near future, we will introduce a companion piece to Senate Bill 202, the Safe Campuses Act. This legislation is a part of the overall PA Agenda for Women’s Health.

This legislative proposal would require all post-secondary schools colleges and universities in the state to adopt policies and establish programs to make students, staff and officials aware of the risks of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. These institutions would also be mandated to annually report the number of instances of sexual assault and intimate partner violence on campus, and the security policies and procedures they have established to deal with these issues. Reports would be public records and would be required to be posted on the school’s official website. Schools also would be required to have sexual assault and intimate partner violence policies to ensure that students, employees, volunteers and officials are aware of the rights of victims and responsibilities of witnesses, and to ensure that instances involving minors are immediately reported. Schools also would be required to have prevention and awareness programs for all students and employees.

We believe this legislation creates an important framework for combating the epidemic of sexual assault and intimate partner violence on our college campuses. We hope you will join us as a co-sponsor.

Introduced as HB1173