From Patty Murry’s Newsletter

Putting an End to Bullying and Harassment at College

Putting an End to Bullying and Harassment

Last week, I was proud to reintroduce legislation aimed at curbing harassment and bullying at colleges and universities across the country.  The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2014 requires colleges and universities to prohibit harassment and establishes within the Department of Education a grant program to support campus anti-harassment programs. The legislation was first introduced by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg after Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, took his own life after his roommate and another student invaded his privacy and harassed him over the Internet.

Despite statistics telling us LGBT students are nearly twice as likely to be harassed, there is no federal requirement that colleges and universities have policies in place to protect their students. Thankfully, this bill gets to the heart of this issue by ensuring students and schools alike have the tools and resources necessary to not only prevent this epidemic of harassment, but assist survivors who are too often left with no sense of closure or recourse. No student – whether they’re gay, straight, black, white, Christian, or Muslim – should have to face discrimination and harassment in their pursuit of education.

Read more.

“Patty Murray revives college anti-harassment push after her intern’s sickening story” – The Huffington Post

“Sen. Patty Murray reintroduces college anti-harassment bill to combat bullying” – USA Today

“Preventing bullying in college” – The Daily Evergreen