July 26, 2017

Moore-backed bill would strengthen campus sex assault protections

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Courtesy Sen. Micheal O. Moore's office

State Sen. Mike Moore

BOSTON — With an eye on Washington, the state Senate gave initial approval Monday to a bill that would cement Title IX statutes in Massachusetts and take protections for college students who are victims of sexual violence a step further.

The bill, S 2081, would require a public or private higher education institution to include procedures to report or disclose an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking as part of its campus security policy, and track how those allegations are handled.

Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Worcester, is a sponsor of the bill, which would cost up to $1 million to implement. Moore, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, suggested the bill could protect Massachusetts in the event of changes in federal policies.

“There are a lot of philosophical changes in how regulations are being applied and federally this is one area they talk about looking at. We don’t know what could happen with regulations as far as Title IX goes and by passing this we would be able to codify protections students currently have and enhance them,” Moore said.

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