Rep Miller approves plan to improve campus safety

first_img Categories: Miller News,News 12Apr Rep. Miller approves plan to improve campus safety House Higher Education Subcommittee approves budgetState Rep. Aaron Miller today voted to require Michigan’s public colleges and universities to be transparent with Title IX reporting or face a 10-percent reduction in future state funding.The updated requirement is part of budget approved today by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, upon which Miller serves.Title IX prohibits sex discrimination at educational institutions that receive federal funding and the 15 public universities in Michigan are required to submit reports to the state pertaining to sexual assaults on campus.“We all want our college students to be safe while continuing their education on Michigan’s campuses, but we want the administrations at those same colleges and universities to share when that does not happen,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “This is not about penalizing a school, students or faculty. This is about transparency.”The plan includes the following:Requires an in-person sexual assault prevention course for students in their first two years and an electronic/online course for all other students;Prohibits the use of in-house medical professionals during Title IX investigations;Requires a third-party investigator to review an institution’s Title IX office, along with its policy and procedures before the 2018-19 school year;Prohibits the distribution of differing investigation and final reports to victim and university officials; andRequires the institution’s president and at least one governing board member to review all Title IX reports.The subcommittee also approved a 1-percent state funding increase to all institutions that keep tuition and fee increases under 3.8 percent or $490 per student.“We have great colleges and universities in Michigan, but we also must work together to keep it affordable,” Miller said. “That’s what our state’s future depends on.”House Bill 5571 advances to the House Appropriations Committee.#####last_img

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