State-funded colleges could soon be required to adopt an official set of procedures for investigating sexual harassment cases if a bill moving through the legislature becomes a law.
Lawmakers authored the bill in response to federal rollbacks to Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination at federally-funded schools.
The bill would require schools to investigate all sexual harassment claims regardless of whether they happened on campus. The bill also calls for "trauma-informed" and "impartial investigation procedures." Campuses would also be notified of the complaint timeline.