Why the Tyler Clementi Bill is Being Reintroduced in 2017

Why the Tyler Clementi Bill is Being Reintroduced in 2017

April 27, 2017

U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), along with Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), reintroduced legislation aimed at reducing bullying and harassment that affects one in five students at colleges and universities across the country. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2017 would require institutions of higher education to establish policies to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. The bill also establishes a grant program to support campus anti-harassment activities and programs. This pending legislation is named after Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University who took his own life after his roommate and another student invaded his privacy and harassed him over the Internet.

Isn't this kind of awareness and training already required on college campuses?

The Clery Act requires all higher education institutions to receive training on sexual assault, dating, and domestic violence and stalking. Clery Act training educates faculty/staff members about sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking, as well as how the university prohibits such offenses and employee responsibilities to respond. 

So, current Clery Act and Title IX training is more focused on preventing sexual violence, which is absolutely a necessity. The proposed new legislation expands the boundaries of this training into anti-harassment and anti-bullying.

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You can read an overview of the legislation here.

I have responsibility for Clery Act & Title IX training at my higher education institution. What does it mean for me?

Whether or not the Tyler Clementi Anti-Harassment Bill gets passed, with the increased number of harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying incidents, doesn't it make sense to proactively initiate these kinds of programs on campuses now? Hundreds of thousands of new college freshmen are just about to inundate your schools with limitless hopes and dreams for the fall semester. As a leader on your campus, shouldn't you lean forward and initiate this kind of training regardless of the bill's outcome.

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Written by Darin Hartley, CPLP Fellow, Syntrio Director of Marketing

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