Texas Adopts Higher Education Sexual Assault Law.

Texas has enacted a law (rather modest I might say) setting out requirements for public colleges and universities pertaining to sexual assault.    The law requires public institutions of higher education to:

  • adopt a campus sexual assault policy that includes definitions of prohibited behavior, sanctions for violations, and the protocol for reporting and responding to reports of campus sexual assault;
  • make the policy available to students, faculty, and staff members in the institution’s student handbook and personnel handbook and on a web page on the institution’s website dedicated solely to the policy;
  • require each entering freshman or undergraduate transfer student to attend an orientation on the institution’s campus sexual assault policy before or during the first semester or term in which the student is enrolled at the institution; and
  • every two years evaluate its sexual assault policies and revise them as necessary.

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