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Legislation overhauling how college and university officials in Connecticut respond to sexual assault and violence on campus has unanimously passed the House of Representatives.

The vote Thursday was 144-0.

 

Danbury Representative Jan Giegler says making sure students are able to learn in a safe environmentl is important and she was proud of the state for strengthening existing laws about sexual assault and stalking.

The legislation requires reporting of sexual violence at an institution of higher education and greater details in a campus crime report. The report must include each incidence of intimate partner violence reported to the local or State Police or college or university.

It also requires schools to establish Sexual Assault Response Teams that include counselors, police, faculty and others.

A federal lawsuit claims the University of Connecticut reacted to reports of sexual assaults on its main campus in Storrs with deliberate indifference or worse. UConn denies the accusation.

The measure now heads to the state Senate.

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