By Hugh McQuaid
Lawmakers may consider imposing financial penalties on colleges and universities that do not enforce a number of policies to improve their response to sexual assaults on their campuses.
Legislators discussed the penalties at a Tuesday public hearing on a bill drafted this year in response to a high profile Title IX case involving the University of Connecticut. Last year, seven current and former students claimed the school violated their rights by showing “deliberate indifference” when they reported being raped or sexually harassed. Four of those students went on to sue the university in federal court.
The bill up for discussion Tuesday would create a number of new requirements for the state’s public and private higher education institutions. However, Rep. Mae Flexer, D-Killingly, said many schools already have the policies similar to those that the bill requires — they’re just not uniformly enforced.
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