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  • NJ A557
  • "New Jersey Sexual Assault Violence in Education Act"; requires institutions of higher education to adopt anti-sexual assault theater program, report allegations of sexual assault to county prosecutor, and provide students with information on sexual assaults.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the "New Jersey Sexual Assault Violence in Education (NJ SAVE) Act." The bill requires institutions of higher education to take certain measures to more thoroughly inform students about sexual assaults, and to implement certain reporting requirements concerning sexual assaults. Specifically under the bill, the governing board of each institution of higher education which receives State operating support must adopt an on-campus, peer-educational theater program modeled after the Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths (SCREAM) theater program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The theater program will conduct interactive performances designed to provide all incoming students with information on interpersonal violence, including but not limited to, sexual assault, dating violence, same-sex violence, stalking, bullying, and peer-harassment, and offer post-performance discussions with the audience in an effort to educate the students and dispel any myths about interpersonal violence. The bill also requires each institution of higher education which receives a report of an alleged sexual assault made by a student enrolled in the institution or made by an employee of the institution against another such student or employee, to notify the county prosecutor of the allegation with 24 hours of receiving the report. Under the bill, an institution which fails to notify the county prosecutor of an alleged sexual assault will be subjected to a civil penalty of $10,000. Upon receiving the notification, the county prosecutor is required to immediately appoint an advocate for the victim of the sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Response Team for the duration of the institution's investigation of the allegation of sexual assault. The advocate will notify the sexual assault victim of the existing available services including, but not limited to, medical treatment, counseling, legal options, forensic medical services, mental health and student services for victims of sexual assault, both on campus and in the community. The bill also provides that, beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, an institution of higher education must provide for public inspection on its website information concerning the total number of allegations of sexual assault made by a student enrolled in the institution or made by an employee of the institution against another such student or employee. The institution will update the information each month. Additionally, an institution must provide a hard copy of its most recent sexual assault information with all paper applications for admission to the institution.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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