Bill Reintroduced to Fight Bullying and Harassment at Universities
February 4, 2013 by Ty Cobb, Senior Legislative Counsel
Today Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Rush Holt, both New Jersey Democrats, reintroduced the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act. The bill is named after Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University freshman who died by suicide in 2010 after he was secretly recorded and harassed by his roommate.
The bill would require colleges and universities that receive funds for federal student aid to implement a policy that prohibits harassment of student, faculty and staff– including harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Schools would be required to distribute that policy as well as the procedures for reporting an incident of harassment to all students, faculty and staff. Schools would also be required to recognize cyberbullying as a form of harassment and notify victims and perpetrators of harassment about counseling, mental health and other services that are available to them.
HRC thanks Sen. Lautenberg and Rep. Holt for their continued commitment to fighting on behalf of LGBT youth. For more on the experience of LGBT youth, see HRC’s Growing Up LGBT in America.
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