Safe campus act losing support from fraternities, higher ed groups, bill co-sponsor _ news _ university herald
(Photo : Getty Images News) The Safe Campus Act is currently waiting to go through the House of Representatives, but is losing support quickly.
Maligned for aiming to curb campus sexual assault by blocking schools from conducting their own investigations into complaints, the Safe Campus Act (SCA) continues to lose lobbying support and appears on the verge of dying.
Like Us on Facebook
Post previously detailed how a great amount of sexual assault victim advocate groups were outspokenly critical of the SCA. Around the same timeframe, the website noted that several fraternity and sorority groups and individual organizations were rescinding their support for the bill.
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) introduced the SCA in late July and now even one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), and higher education groups are backing off the bill as well, The HP noted.
“While Rep. Garamendi originally felt that the bill could help streamline and standardize adjudications, a further review of the language left him deeply concerned about certain provisions in the bill,” Donald Lathbury, a spokesman for the congressman, said in a statement. “The bill requires that victims report allegations to the police and await the results of a criminal investigation before internal disciplinary proceedings can move forward. This might go against the will of some victims, and result in lengthy delays of justice for others.”
The fraternity and sorority groups withdrawing their support for the SCA may find themselves running into Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N. Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who have both long advocated for campus sexual assault reform.
“We want to commend these groups – who are critical voices in this national dialogue – for reexamining their approach to helping curb sexual assaults on our college campuses,” the Senators said in a statement.
The SCA would restrict colleges and universities from conducting their own sexual assault and battery investigations. Students who file such complaints would automatically be forwarded to the local police, though the bill does not apply to any other campus crime.
© 2015 University Daily News, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Million Student March Movement Aims to Make College Tuition-Free
Nov 12, 2015 AM ESTStudents across the nation are preparing Thursday for public demonstrations designed to demand student loan reform, free education, and better wages …
Leonard Fournette’s Family Under Investigation from LSU for ‘BUGA Nation’ Website
Nov 11, 2015 PM ESTLouisiana State University (LSU) is looking into whether or not Leonard Fournette’s family violated NCAA rules with a website briefly setup last year. …
UVA Phi Kappa Psi Chapter Sues Rolling Stone for $25 Million
Nov 10, 2015 AM ESTThe University of Virginia’s (UVA) chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity filed a $25 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher, …
Washington College to Remain Closed; Jacob Marberger Still Missing, Wanted on Gun Charges
Nov 17, 2015 PM ESTWashington College (WC) closed for a second consecutive day as a student believed to be in possession of firearms is still missing. …
Will Grier Speaks With NCAA, Florida Officials Amid PED Suspension Appeal
Nov 17, 2015 PM ESTAfter promising to appeal his one-year suspension PED suspension from the NCAA, Will Grier is formally taking the first steps. …
Safe Campus Act Losing Support from Fraternities, Higher Ed Groups, Bill Co-Sponsor
Nov 18, 2015 PM ESTMaligned for aiming to curb campus sexual assault by blocking schools from conducting their own investigations into complaints, the Safe Campus Act …
A Simple Raisin Test Could Predict A Toddler’s Future Academic Ability
Nov 19, 2015 PM ESTNew research suggests that an individual can predict how well a toddler will perform academically at age eight with a dried grape and a plastic cup. …