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Calif. Bill Would Require Colleges To Report Sexual Assaults to Local Law Enforcement

Calif. Bill Would Require Colleges To Report Sexual Assaults to Local Law Enforcement

January 9, 2014 — In an attempt to address the underreporting of sexual assaults at some California colleges and universities, a new bill (AB 1433) would impose additional reporting requirements for crimes that take place on or near campuses, the Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal" reports.

Assembly member Mike Gatto (D) introduced the bill in response to reports that some California colleges, including Occidental College and the University of Southern California, did not fully report crime statistics as required by federal law.

The bill would require colleges and universities to report violent crimes and hate crimes that occur on or near campus to local law enforcement for investigation, unless a victim requests that a report not be submitted.

Gatto said the bill would bolster federal law by involving local police when a crime is reported. "Colleges and universities are there to teach. They're not there to investigate crimes," he said, adding, "What helps those victims is the crime actually being investigated by a competent law enforcement agency" (Mason, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 1/7).