By Bob Katzen
The House 150-0, approved and sent to the Senate a bill requiring all colleges and universities in the Bay State to biennially conduct a sexual misconduct climate survey of all students.
The survey would be anonymous and would include the number of reported incidents of sexual misconduct at the school; students’ awareness of institutional policies and procedures related to campus sexual assault; if a victim reported the sexual misconduct; and if a victim was informed or referred to local, state, on campus or other resources and victims’ access to support services including appropriate medical care, legal support and protection from retaliation.
Sexual misconduct is defined in the bill as incidents of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, gender-based violence, violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity, sexual harassment and stalking.
“I am proud to have filed and championed this bill,” said Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead). “Every campus is different in regard to the prevalence and nature of sexual violence. But what is true of all of them is that all students deserve a safe place to learn, study and grow, as well as transparency from school administrations about sexual violence.”