These next 2-3 days are CRITICAL for the success or failure of the bill
Updates and Timeline
- 4/16 Passed out of the House Education Committee
- 4/17 Passed 2nd reading in the House
- 4/18 Passed 3rd reading in the House
- 4/18 Bill assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee
- 4/23-4/25 we should know the hearing date and time
- Week of 4/30 HB18-1391 will hopefully be heard in the Senate
Ask the Senate to support HB18-139, Sexual Misconduct in Institutions of Higher Education
Contact your Senator ASAP
Please forward this urgent action alert to your network ASAP!
Sample Talking Points
- This bill is a Colorado solution agreed upon by Colorado institutions of higher education, and Colorado victim advocacy groups to address campus sexual misconduct and create clear and consistent policies to support survivors, establish fairness in procedures, and ensure safe and meaningful access to education for all..
- Sexual violence affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men on college campuses. Only 12% of victims report the assault. Sexual violence has a profound effect on our communities with 34% of college student survivors experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 33% experiencing depression, and 40% abusing drug and alcohol as means to self-medicate.
- HB18-1391 creates a clear and consistent solution for all parties while providing schools with the freedom to craft their own policies and procedures that meet the specific needs of their individually unique campus communities
- HB18-1391 addresses these issues by:
- Establishing new transparency standards by making policies easily accessible to current and prospective students, families, and friends.
- Utilizing an equitable standard of proof which assumes no wrongdoing of either party for investigating cases of sexual misconduct;
- Prohibiting the use of unrelated sexual history of either party to be considered as facts of the case;
- Streamlining procedures by allowing both the complainant and respondent to submit questions for one another to the individual or individuals participating in investigative process to allow both party’s equal right to be heard and prohibit the harmful practice of direct cross-examination of either party
- Eliminating a barrier to reporting by establishing policies that prevent survivors from being found in violation of the campus code of conduct for behaviors such as underage drinking if/when reporting sexual misconduct to the institution
- Timely, concurrent updates for both parties on the status of an investigation;
- Training of all incoming students and new faculty on sexual misconduct and the policies for reporting and investigating misconduct;
- Supporting biannual summits to bring stakeholders together to share best practices information
This bill has passed the House and is in the Senate. Then the Governor must sign the bill, in order for it to become law. Watch for continual urgent action alerts as this bill moves through the legislative process. For more information about attending and/or testifying at a public hearing, please contact Medha, Outreach and Policy Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-523-7490 (she is available nights and weekends in addition to regular business hours to answer any questions).
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