HARTFORD – The chairs and ranking members of the legislature’s Higher Education and Public Safety committees announced today that an informational hearing into the sexual assault reporting and investigative policies and procedures of public and private universities in Connecticut will be held beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Room 2-E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
The informational hearing is being held in response to the recent filing of a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights alleging that the Title IX rights of equal protection under the law for several former or current University of Connecticut students had been violated.
The purpose of the informational hearing is to determine – within the confines of applicable federal privacy laws – whether public and private colleges and universities in Connecticut are complying with the legislative directives of Public Act 12-78, “An Act Concerning Sexual Violence on College Campuses.”
The new law – which took effect July 1, 2012 – requires public and private higher education institutions to adopt policies on sexual assault. The policies must include providing information to students about their options for assistance if they are victims of such violence, disciplinary procedures, and possible sanctions