ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill establishing a new protocol for Minnesota universities and more avenues for students and others to report cases of campus sexual violence has cleared a Minnesota House committee.
The House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee advanced the bill Tuesday that expands requirements for campus authorities when allegations of assault are raised. It covers abuse against students or employees on school property as well as at campus-related events such as fraternity and sorority parties.READ MORE: Crews Battle Fire In Northeast Minneapolis
The legislation gives victims new ways to report abuse, including through online systems the schools would have to set up. Someone who reports being abused couldn’t be sanctioned for violating a school’s drug or alcohol policy.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: High Temps Could Reach 90 Degrees Sunday
Republican Rep. Marion O’Neill says her goal is to expand victims’ rights and assure an adequate response to allegations.MORE NEWS: Minnesota Weather: 1 Dead, NWS Confirms 3 Tornadoes Touched Down Across MN
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