Press Release: CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT BILL PASSES SENATE EDUCATION AND HEALTH COMMITTEE
Richmond, VA - The Senate Education and Health Committee voted unanimously to report SB 83, patroned by Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington). The bill requires that Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between universities and law enforcement agencies must specify if the local law enforcement agency or campus safety unit has the primary responsibility for a potential felony sexual assault investigation. This bill also requires that the MOUs specify the procedures for sharing information during an investigation. An inclusive stakeholder group convened as part of Governor McAuliffe’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Assault recommended the strategy contained in SB 83.
Senator Favola: “This legislation provides the next step in protecting our college campuses and holding violent perpetrators accountable. My bill builds on the robust conversation started last session in regards to sexual assault on college campuses, and it reduces the likelihood that communication problems between universities and law enforcement will hamper the efficacy of investigations. Clarity of roles is always important when investigating allegations of such serious offenses.”
Senator Favola helped craft omnibus legislation in 2015 that required the formation of a threat assessment team, including Title IX administrators and local law enforcement, as part of a campus response system to sexual assaults.
Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2016 session, Senator Favola serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.