Hearing set for bill on Conn. college sex assaults

UConn public safety building in Storrs (file).

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill aimed at improving sexual assault policies on Connecticut college campuses is up for a public hearing before state lawmakers.

The legislature’s higher education committee is set to hear testimony Tuesday on the proposal, which would change how schools report sexual assaults involving both students and employees.

The legislation comes in the wake of a federal lawsuit alleging the University of Connecticut reacted to reports of sexual assaults on its main campus in Storrs with deliberate indifference or worse. UConn denies the allegation.

Four women filed the lawsuit in November. A fifth plaintiff was added in December.

The bill includes more reporting requirements for schools. It also requires more information be provided to victims about their rights. Schools would also have to create trained sexual assault response teams.

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