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AB-1467 Student safety: incident response.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/20/2021 04:00 AM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1467


Introduced by Assembly Member Cervantes

February 19, 2021


An act relating to student safety.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1467, as introduced, Cervantes. Student safety: incident response.
Existing federal law, known as Title IX, prohibits a person, on the basis of sex, from being excluded from participation in, being denied the benefits of, or being subject to discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. A portion of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, known as the Equity in Higher Education Act, declares, among other things, that it is the policy of the State of California that all persons, regardless of their sex, should enjoy freedom from discrimination of any kind in the educational institutions of the state. Existing law provides that a party to a written complaint of prohibited discrimination at certain public postsecondary educational institutions may appeal the action to specified bodies. Existing law also requires that persons who have filed a complaint of prohibited discrimination be advised by the educational institution that civil law remedies may also be available to the complainant.
Existing law requires, no later than January 1, 2022, except as specified, a postsecondary institution that receives state financial assistance to comply with requirements relating to the protection of students from, and providing students with procedural protections relating to complaints of, sexual harassment, including, among others, requiring the governing board or body of each of these institutions to adopt and publish on its internet website grievance procedures providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of sexual harassment complaints.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation that would enact reforms to postsecondary educational institutions’ policies, procedures, and campus-based investigations following an incident of harassment, rape, sexual assault, or violence.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation that would enact reforms to postsecondary educational institutions’ policies, procedures, and campus-based investigations following an incident of harassment, rape, sexual assault, or violence.