SENATE DOCKET, NO. 817        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 764

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael O. Moore

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to sexual violence on higher education campuses.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

 

Joan B. Lovely

Second Essex

 

Barry R. Finegold

Second Essex and Middlesex

1/17/2019

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

1/23/2019

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

1/23/2019

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

1/24/2019

Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

1/25/2019

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

1/29/2019

Joanne M. Comerford

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

1/29/2019

Brian W. Murray

10th Worcester

1/29/2019

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

1/29/2019

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

1/29/2019

Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk

1/29/2019

Paul R. Feeney

Bristol and Norfolk

1/30/2019

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

1/30/2019

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

1/30/2019

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

1/30/2019

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

1/30/2019

Adam G. Hinds

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

1/30/2019

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

1/31/2019

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

1/31/2019

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

1/31/2019

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

1/31/2019

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

1/31/2019

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

2/1/2019

Eric P. Lesser

First Hampden and Hampshire

2/1/2019

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

2/1/2019

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

2/1/2019

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

2/1/2019

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

2/1/2019

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

2/6/2019

Walter F. Timilty

Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

2/6/2019

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

2/6/2019

Dean A. Tran

Worcester and Middlesex

2/8/2019

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

3/5/2019

James T. Welch

Hampden

3/13/2019

Edward J. Kennedy

First Middlesex

3/13/2019

Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex

4/10/2019

Nick Collins

First Suffolk

12/9/2019

 


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 817        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 764

By Mr. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 764) of Michael O. Moore, Joan B. Lovely, Barry R. Finegold, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to sexual violence on higher education campuses.  Higher Education.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 2203 OF 2017-2018.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act relative to sexual violence on higher education campuses.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1.  Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 168C the following section:-

Section 168D.  As used in this section, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

“Reporting party” a student or employee who reports an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking to the institution.

“Responding party” a student or employee who has been accused of an alleged incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Each public or private degree-granting post-secondary institution of higher education shall adopt a policy on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking that shall be made available, upon request, to an applicant, student or employee of the institution and shall be publicly available on the website in an accessible format.  The policy shall include, but not limited to:

(i) procedures by which students and employees at the institution may report or disclose incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking regardless of where the offense occurred;

(ii) information on where to receive immediate emergency assistance following an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking which shall include, but not be limited to, contact information for seeking medical treatment on campus, if available, and off campus and information related to preserving evidence;

(iii) descriptions of the types of counseling and health, safety, academic and other support services available from the institution within the local community or region or through a local community-based rape crisis center or domestic violence program, including contact information;

(iv) the rights of students and employees to: (1) notify or decline to notify law enforcement, including campus, local and state police, of an alleged incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; (2) receive assistance from campus authorities in making any such notification; and (3) obtain a court- or institution-issued protective order against a respondent of the assault, stalking or violence;

(v) supportive measures reasonably available from the institution which shall include, but not be limited to, options for changing academic, living, campus transportation or working arrangements in response to an alleged incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, how to request those changes and the process to have any such measures reviewed;

(vi) procedures for students to notify the institution that a protective order has been issued under state or federal law and the institution’s responsibilities upon receipt of such notice;

(vii) a summary of the institution's procedures for resolving dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking complaints , including clear statements advising students that: (1) notice shall be given to the reporting party and the respondent describing the date, time and location, if known, and a summary of the factual allegations concerning the violation; (2) an investigation, including any hearings and resulting disciplinary proceedings, shall be conducted by an individual who receives not less than annual training on issues relating to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, investigatory procedures and hearing procedures to protect the safety and rights of students and promote accountability and a trauma-informed response; (3) the reporting party of an alleged incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and the responding party may be accompanied by an advisor or support person of their choice, which may include an advocate or counsel, to meet with the institution’s investigator or other fact finder and may consult with an advisor or support person, which may include an advocate or counsel, during any meetings and disciplinary proceedings; provided, however, that the institution may establish rules regarding how the proceedings will be conducted which may include guidelines on the extent to which the advisor or support person for each party may participate in a meeting or disciplinary proceeding and any limitations on participation which shall apply equally to both parties; and provided further, that the institution shall adopt reasonable measures to provide for the involvement of the advisor or support person for each party but the availability of the advisor or support person shall not significantly delay a meeting or disciplinary proceeding; (4) the reporting party and the responding party shall be provided with a copy of the institution’s policies regarding the submission and consideration of evidence that may be used during a disciplinary proceeding and shall have equal opportunity to present evidence and witnesses on their behalf during a disciplinary proceeding; provided, however, that each party shall be provided with timely and equal access to relevant evidence that shall be used in the determination of a discipline; (5) there may be restrictions on evidence considered by the fact finder including, but not limited to, the use of evidence of prior sexual activity or character witnesses; (6) the reporting party and the responding party shall be informed in writing of the results of a disciplinary proceeding not later than 7 business days after a final determination of a complaint, not including any time for appeal, unless good cause for additional time is shown, and they shall be informed of any process for appealing the decision; (7) if an institution offers an appeal as a result of procedural errors, previously unavailable relevant evidence that could significantly impact the outcome of a case or where the sanction is disproportionate to the findings, the reporting party and the respondent shall be provided with an equal opportunity to appeal decisions regarding responsibility or sanctions; and (8) the institution shall not disclose the identity of the reporting party and the responding party, except as necessary to carry out a disciplinary process or as permitted under state or federal law;

(viii) a summary of the institution's employee disciplinary process as it pertains to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; and

(ix) the range of sanctions or penalties the institution may impose on students and employees found responsible for a violation of the applicable institutional policy prohibiting acts of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

For the purposes of this section, “dating violence”, “domestic violence”, “sexual assault” and “stalking” shall be defined by each institution of higher education in its applicable policies, including its policy on affirmative action or code of conduct and shall be consistent with applicable federal definitions.

SECTION 2. Said Chapter 6 is hereby amended by inserting after section 168C the following section:-

Section 168E. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:-

“institution of higher education” is a public, non-profit or for-profit school chartered, incorporated or otherwise organized in the commonwealth legally authorized to award a degree at an associate level or above with an established physical presence in the commonwealth.

“sexual misconduct” is without limitation, an incident of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, gender-based violence, violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, sexual harassment and stalking.

(b) Each institution of higher education shall biennially conduct a sexual misconduct climate survey of all students at said institution of higher education. The commissioner of higher education shall review and approve the model sexual misconduct climate survey recommended by the task force on sexual misconduct climate surveys, as hereinafter described. The commissioner of higher education shall provide a copy of the model sexual misconduct climate survey to all institutions of higher education biennially. Upon receipt of written approval by the commissioner, an institution of higher education may use its own campus-specific sexual misconduct climate survey in lieu of the model sexual misconduct climate survey issued by the commissioner, provided that the institution’s campus-specific survey meets the standards for the substance of the survey, as hereinafter described. Within 120 days after completion of a sexual misconduct climate survey, each institution of higher education shall submit a summary of the results to the department of higher education and shall also post a summary of the results on the institution’s website.

(c) There shall be a task force on sexual misconduct surveys serving the commissioner of higher education. The task force shall consist of the following 21 members: the commissioner of higher education, or a designee, who shall serve as co-chair; the commissioner of public health or a designee, who shall serve as co-chair; the secretary of the executive office of public safety and security, or a designee; the attorney general, or a designee; and 17 other members who shall be appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a student attending a public institution of higher education in the commonwealth, 1 of whom shall be a student attending a private institution of higher education in the commonwealth, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the University of Massachusetts recommended by the president of the university, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the state universities recommended by the council of presidents of the state university system, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the community colleges recommended by Massachusetts Community Colleges executive office, 2 of whom shall be representatives of private colleges and universities recommended by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, Inc., 1 of whom shall be a representative recommended by Jane Doe, Inc., 1 of whom shall be a representative recommended by the Victim Rights Law Center, Inc., 2 of whom shall be representatives recommended by rape crisis and counseling centers located in an urban and rural region of the commonwealth, 2 of whom shall be representatives recommended by community-based sexual assault crisis service centers funded by the department of public health, 1 of whom shall be a representative recommended by the Massachusetts commission on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth, 1 of whom shall be a representative recommended by Every Voice Coalition or any successor organization of Every Voice Coalition, 1 of whom shall be a researcher with experience in the development and design of sexual misconduct climate surveys, and 1 of whom shall be a researcher of statistics, data analytics or econometrics with experience in higher education survey analysis.

(d) The task force shall develop for the commissioner of higher education a model sexual misconduct climate survey for distribution to institutions of higher education established under section 168D of chapter 6 and provide the commissioner with any related recommendations respecting the content, timing and application of the survey. The task force shall deliver its model survey and related recommendations, including but not limited to recommendations on achieving statistically valid response rates, to the commissioner of higher education no less often than biennially and for the first time by March 31, 2020.

(e) In developing the model sexual misconduct climate survey, the task force shall: (i) utilize best practices from peer-reviewed research and consult with individuals with expertise in the development and use of sexual misconduct climate surveys by institutions of higher education; (ii) review sexual misconduct climate surveys which have been developed and previously utilized by institutions of higher education; (iii) provide opportunities for written comment from organizations that work directly with victims and survivors of sexual assault to ensure the adequacy and appropriateness of the proposed content; (iv) consult with institutions of higher education on strategies for optimizing the effectiveness of the survey; and (v) account for the diverse needs and differences of the commonwealth’s institutions of higher education.

(f) The sexual misconduct climate surveys shall gather information on topics including, but not limited to: (i) the number of reported incidents of sexual misconduct at the institution of higher education; (ii) when and where incidents of sexual misconduct occurred; (iii) student awareness of institutional policies and procedures related to campus sexual assault; (iv) whether a victim reported the sexual misconduct, and if so, to which campus resource such report was made; (iv) whether a victim was informed or referred to local, state, campus or other resources, or victim support services, including appropriate medical care and legal services,(v) whether a victim was provided the option of protection from retaliation, access to school-based accommodations, and criminal justice remedies; (vi) contextual factors, such as the involvement of force, incapacitation or coercion; (vii) demographic information that could be used to identify at-risk groups; (viii) perceptions of campus safety among members of the campus community and confidence in the institution of higher education’s ability to protect against and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct.

(g) The model sexual misconduct climate survey shall collect anonymous responses and shall not require the disclosure of identifying information.

(h) There shall be established within the department of higher education a data repository for all summaries of sexual misconduct climate surveys submitted by institutions to the department of higher education in accordance with section 1. The commissioner of higher education shall ensure access by the public to the sexual misconduct climate survey data submitted by institutions on the department’s website.

(i) The commissioner of higher education shall establish rules and procedures, including deadlines for dissemination and collection of survey information, consistent with the purposes of this statute, and shall promote the effective solicitation to achieve the highest practical response rate, collection, and publication of statistical information gathered from the commonwealth’s institutions of higher education.

SECTION 3.  Chapter 15A of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

Section 45. (a) As used in this section, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

"Awareness programming", institution wide or audience-specific programs, initiatives, and strategies that increase audience knowledge, promote safety and share resources to prevent and reduce the occurrence of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

"Bystander intervention”, bystander intervention as defined in 34 CFR 668.46.

“Clery Act”, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f).

''Institution for higher education'', a profit or nonprofit degree-granting educational institution, whether public or private, which is authorized by law to provide a program of education beyond the secondary school level.

"Primary prevention programming", initiatives and strategies informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness or outcome that are intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors.

“Reporting party” a student or employee who reports an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking to the institution

“Responding party” a student or employee who has been accused of an alleged incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

"Trauma-informed response", a response involving an understanding of the complexities of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking through training centered on the neurobiological impact of trauma, the influence of societal myths and stereotypes surrounding the causes and impacts of trauma, understanding the behavior of perpetrators and conducting an effective investigation.

(b) Each institution of higher education shall: (i) adopt detailed and trauma-informed policies regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking involving students or employees of the institution that comport with the best practices and current professional standards as determined by the campus safety advisor and shall establish procedures for regularly reviewing and updating the policies; and (ii) apply the same policies, as applicable, relating to claims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to all students and employees in a culturally competent way. 

The policies shall be developed in coordination with the institution’s Title IX coordinator and  may consider input from various internal and external entities including, but not limited to institutional administrators, personnel affiliated with on-campus and off-campus health care centers, personnel affiliated with on-campus, when available, and local, community-based rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs, confidential resources advisors, residence life staff, students, the department of state police and the police department and the district attorney having jurisdiction in the city or town wherein the institution’s primary campus is located.  Once an institution has adopted the policies required by this section, the opportunity for review and comment by internal and external entities shall only apply to substantive changes in those policies.  Institutions shall provide draft policies and substantive changes by electronic or regular mail to internal and external entities, with instructions on how to comment and a reasonable length of time in which comments will be accepted. 

(c) Each institution of higher education shall adopt policies and procedures with local law enforcement agencies to establish the respective roles and responsibilities of each party related to the prevention of and response to on-campus and off-campus sexual assault.  Institutions of higher education and local law enforcement agencies shall develop policies and procedures that comply with all applicable confidentiality and privacy laws and: (i) set out the jurisdiction of the local law enforcement agencies based on criteria such as location and type of incident and provide for cross-jurisdictional or multi-jurisdictional response and investigation, as appropriate; (ii) establish the methods for sharing the Clery Act reporting requirements and for facilitating the issuance of timely warnings and emergency notifications required by the Clery Act relative to crimes that may pose a serious threat to the campus or near campus communities; and (iii) establish protocols, as permitted by federal and state law, for cases where a student consents to the release of relevant documentation and information generated or acquired during local law enforcement or campus police investigations; and (iv) methods for notifying the appropriate district attorney’s office.

(d) The commissioner shall appoint within the department of higher education a campus safety advisor to facilitate and advance statewide campus safety at public and private institutions of higher education.  Such person shall have relevant public safety policy experience that may include campus public safety policy experience. The advisor shall coordinate, aggregate and disseminate best practices, training opportunities and other resources to enhance campus safety at institutions of higher education. The board of higher education shall promulgate regulations to establish and implement the role and responsibilities of the advisor including, but not limited to, establishing minimum standards for campus security and safety issues.

(e) An institution of higher education shall make publicly available on its website: (i) all annual Clery Act disclosures relating to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and all information contained in an institution’s annual report as required in subsection (r); (ii) the telephone number and website for a local, state or national 24-hour hotline that provides information on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; (iii) the name and contact information for the institution’s Title IX coordinator; (iv) the name and contact information for a confidential resources advisor and a description of the role of and services provided by the confidential resources advisor, which shall be updated on a timely basis; and (v) the name and location of the nearest medical facility where an individual may request that a sexual assault evidence collection kit be administered by a trained sexual violence forensic health care provider, including information on transportation options and reimbursement for travel costs, if any; and (vi) in an accessible format, the policy on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

(f) Annually, not later than October 1, institutions of higher education shall transmit to students by electronic mail its policies and procedures concerning the reporting and investigation of an allegation of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking made by a student or employee of the institution against another student or employee of the institution in accordance with section 168D of chapter 6.

(g) Upon receiving a report of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, an institution of higher education shall provide an objectively clear and easily understood notification of the student’s or employee’s rights and options under the institution's dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking policies to the reporting party and the responding party, when feasible.

(h) An institution of higher education shall enter into and maintain a memorandum of understanding with a community-based sexual assault crisis service center funded by the department of public health and a community-based domestic violence agency funded by the department of public health to: (i) provide an off-campus alternative for students to receive sexual assault crisis services, including access to a sexual assault nurse examiner if available, or domestic violence crisis services in response to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; (ii) ensure that a student or employee of the institution may access free and confidential counseling and advocacy services either on campus or off campus; and (iii) encourage cooperation and trainings between the institution and the service center or agency to ensure an understanding the roles that the institution, service center and agency should play in responding to reports and disclosures of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking against students and employees of the institution and the institution's protocols for providing support and services to such students and employees.

The memorandum of understanding may include an agreement, including a fee structure, for the sexual assault crisis service center or domestic violence agency to provide confidential victim services. Confidential victim services may include: case consultation and training fees for confidential resource advisors; consultation fees for the development and implementation of student education and prevention programs; the development of staff training and prevention curriculum; and confidential on-site office space for an advocate from a sexual assault crisis service center or domestic violence agency to meet with students.     

The department of higher education may grant a waiver of the memorandum of understanding requirement to an institution that demonstrates that the institution acted in good faith but was unable to obtain a signed memorandum.

(i) An institution of higher education shall provide a method for anonymously reporting an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking that involves a student or employee of the institution. An institution shall notify its students and employees of the institution's obligations under state and federal law to: (i) investigate or address the alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, including when the alleged act was reported anonymously; (ii) assess whether the report triggers the need for a timely warning or emergency notification under 34 CFR 668.46(e), the obligations of which may, in limited circumstances, result in the release of the reporting party's identity; and (iii) disclose the identity of a reporting and responding party to another student, an employee or a third party.

(j) A reporting party or a witness that causes an investigation of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking shall not be subject to a disciplinary sanction for a violation of the institution’s student conduct policy related to the incident unless the institution determines that the report was not made in good faith or that the violation was egregious. An egregious violation shall include, but not be limited to, taking an action that places the health and safety of another person at risk.

(k) Each institution of higher education shall establish a campus security policy that includes the designation of at least 1 confidential resource advisor. The confidential resource advisor may have another role at the institution; provided, however, that the confidential resource advisor shall not be a student or a Title IX coordinator.

The institution shall designate existing categories of employees that may serve as confidential resource advisors. The designation of an existing category of employees shall not preclude the institution from designating a new or existing employee or partnering with a local, state or national victim services organization to serve as a confidential resource advisor or to serve in another confidential role. An institution may partner with an outside victim advocacy organization to provide a confidential resource advisor under this section. An institution that enrolls less than 1,000 students may partner with another institution in the region or within the commonwealth to provide the services under this subsection.

If requested by a student , the confidential resource advisor shall provide information on: (i) reporting options and the effects of each option; (ii) counseling services available on campus and through a local, community-based rape crisis center or domestic violence program;  (iii) medical and health services available on campus and off campus; (iv) available academic and residence life accommodations; (v) the disciplinary process of the institution; and (vi) the legal process carried out through local law enforcement agencies. The confidential resource advisor shall receive training in the awareness and prevention of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and in trauma-informed response and coordinate with on-campus and off-campus sexual assault crisis service centers and, if directed by the reporting party, campus or local law enforcement agencies may, as appropriate, assist the student in contacting or reporting to campus or local law enforcement agencies. Confidential resource advisors shall not provide services to more than 1 student in an incident and shall ensure confidentiality is maintained.

The confidential resource advisor shall also notify the reporting and responding party of their rights and the institution's responsibilities regarding a protection order, no contact order and any other lawful orders issued by the institution or by a criminal, civil or tribal court.  The confidential resource advisor shall not be required to report an incident to the institution or a law enforcement agency unless otherwise required to do so by state or federal law and shall provide confidential services to students and employees.

The website of an institution of higher education shall list: (i) reporting options for students; (ii) the process of investigation and adjudication by the institution; and (iii) the process for requesting a possible supportive measure, when reasonable and available, to change an academic, living, campus transportation or working situation in response to alleged dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

If a conflict of interest arises for an institution in which a confidential resource advisor is advocating for a student’s need for sexual assault crisis services or campus or law enforcement services, the institution shall not discipline, penalize or otherwise retaliate against the confidential resource advisor for representing the interest of the student.

A confidential resource advisor may attend an administrative or institution-based adjudication proceeding as the advisor or support person of the student’s choice.

Unless otherwise required by state or federal law, a confidential resource advisor shall not disclose confidential information without the prior written consent of the student who shared the information; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall be construed to limit a defendant’s right of cross examination of the advisor in a civil or criminal proceeding if the advisor testifies after written consent has been given. A confidential communication shall not be subject to discovery and shall be inadmissible in a criminal or civil proceeding without the prior written consent of the student who shared the information. Information provided to the confidential resource advisor shall not be released to a campus official or law enforcement officer or agency unless written consent has been given by the student .  A confidential resource advisor shall not act as a counselor or therapist unless the confidential resource advisor holds a valid license under chapter 112 and the reporting party engages the confidential resource advisor in that capacity.  The privileges available under chapter 233 shall apply to all information received by a confidential resource advisor.

(l) An institution of higher education shall provide: (i) mandatory annual dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking primary prevention and awareness programming for newly-enrolled students and newly-hired employees of the institution that shall include: (1) an explanation of consent as it applies to sexual activity and sexual relationships; (2) the role drugs and alcohol play in an individual’s ability to consent; (3) information on options relating to the reporting of an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, the effects of each option and the methods to report an incident of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, including confidential and anonymous disclosure; (4) information on the institution's procedures for resolving dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking complaints and the range of sanctions or penalties the institution may impose on students and employees found responsible for a violation; (5) the name, contact information and role of the confidential resource advisor; and (6) strategies for bystander intervention and risk reduction; and (ii) opportunities for ongoing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking prevention and awareness campaigns and programming.

(m) Notice to a confidential resource advisor of an alleged act of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking or a confidential resource advisor’s performance of a service under this section shall not be considered actual or constructive notice of such an alleged act to the institution of higher education at which the confidential resource advisor is employed or provides contracted services.

(n) An individual who participates in the implementation of an institution of higher education's disciplinary process, including an individual responsible for resolving complaints of reported incidents, shall have training or experience in handling dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking complaints and the operations of the institution's disciplinary process. The training shall include, but not be limited to: (i) information on working with and interviewing persons subjected to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; (ii) information on particular types of conduct that constitute dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, including same-sex dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; (iii) information on consent and the role drugs and alcohol may play in an individual’s ability to consent; (iv) the effects of trauma, including any neurobiological impact on a person; (v) cultural competence training regarding how dating violence, sexual assault and stalking may impact students differently depending on factors that contribute to a student’s cultural background, including but not limited to: national origin, sex, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation; (vi) ways to communicate sensitively and compassionately with a reporting party of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking including, but not limited to, an awareness of responding to a reporting party with consideration of that party’s cultural background and providing services to or assisting in locating services for the reporting party; and (vii) training and information regarding how dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking may impact students with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

(o) Each institution of higher education shall ensure that its Title IX coordinator and members of its special or campus police force or the campus safety personnel employed by the institution are educated in the awareness and prevention of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and in trauma-informed response.

(p) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a member of the department of state police or a local police department who acts as a first responder to a report of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking at an institution of higher education shall receive training in the awareness and prevention of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and in trauma-informed response, subject to appropriation.

(q) Annually, not later than October 1, an institution of higher education shall prepare and submit to the department of higher education, the department of public health, the clerks of the senate and house of representatives and the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on higher education a report that includes: (i) the total number of allegations of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking reported to the institution’s Title IX coordinator by a student or employee of the institution against another student or employee of the institution; (ii) the number of cases made by a student or employee of the institution against another student or employee of the institution investigated by local or state law enforcement agency, if known; (iii) the number of students found responsible for violating an institution’s policies prohibiting dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; (iv) the number of students found not responsible for violating an institution’s policies prohibiting sexual assault; and (v) the number of disciplinary actions imposed by the institution as a result of a finding of responsibility for violating an institution’s policies prohibiting sexual assault. The report shall provide information in a de-identified manner that complies with state and federal privacy laws.

SECTION 3. Section 2 shall take effect on August 1, 2020.