State Lawmakers to Propose Measures to Make Campus Sexual Assault Legislation Clearer, and More Consistent

As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for extending to private institutions that state’s policy for dealing with campus sexual assault, Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly plan to clarify and make consistent their state’s policy. At least one senator and one house member will be proposing ideas on how to do that this week.

Last spring the legislature passed and Gov. Malloy signed Public Act 14-11, An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus. Among other requirements, the law mandates colleges provide services to victims, institute sexual assault policy and report incidents to the Connecticut General Assembly. However, how each institution “institutes a sexual assault policy,” is left up to the college or university. Legislators want to clarify that and other parts of the law.