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Bill calls for official process for colleges handling sexual harassment cases

Measure is in response to federal rollbacks to Title IX
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Posted at 11:21 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 14:21:06-04

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.