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SENATE APPROVES AMENDMENT BASED ON SPECTER/BIDEN LEGISLATION REQUIRING COLLEGES TO ESTABLISH POLICIES FOR CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT

 SENATE APPROVES AMENDMENT BASED ON SPECTER/BIDEN LEGISLATION
 REQUIRING COLLEGES TO ESTABLISH POLICIES FOR CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Senate last night approved an amendment based on the Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights Act, introduced jointly by U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Joseph Biden (D-Del.).
 The amendment requires colleges and universities to provide programs aimed at prevention of sex offenses and to establish procedures followed once these crimes have occurred.
 "As an original co-sponsor of this act, and sponsor of The Student Right to Know Act, which is now law, I believe that this legislation makes further progress in the effort to improve campus security standards and treatment for campus crime victims," Specter said in a floor statement.
 "It is estimated that one out of every four university women will be the victim of some type of sexual assault by the time she graduates. While some institutions are genuinely working toward reducing campus sexual assault, there is still a great temptation to sweep these crimes under the rug for fear of bad publicity," he said.
 The amendment, which was introduced on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, requires colleges and universities to:
 -- formulate policies and procedures for students to follow should a sex offense occur;
 -- provide the same rights to the accuser that is afforded the accused during campus disciplinary proceedings;
 -- notify sexual assault victims of the applicable local, state or federal legal sanctions on sexual assault;
 -- notify sexual assault victims of existing counseling or other services available to victims both on campus and in the community;
 -- inform victims of their options to change academic and living situations subsequent to an alleged assault.
 "Campus sexual assault is a traumatic experience. Unfortunately, this experience is made even more traumatic when victims are poorly treated by campus officials and uncertain of their legal rights and options," Specter said. "This amendment seeks to inform and assist victims of sexual assault on our college campuses as well as educate students on preventing such incidents."
 Institutions that fail to adopt the policies set forth in the amendment risk the loss of federal education funding.
 The amendment, based on the Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights Act and the Student Right to Know Act, is due, in large part to the efforts of Connie and Howard Clery, whose daughter, Jeanne, was brutally raped and murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. Specter applauded the Clerys' efforts as well as those of Biden on behalf of campus safety legislation.
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