Proposed sexual assault bill could overturn victim’s confidentiality request

Proposed sexual assault bill could overturn victim’s confidentiality request

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Representative Kim Coleman has proposed a bill that could overrule a victim’s confidentiality request if school officials determine that there’s a significant risk to other students.

Under Title IX, universities are required to respond quickly to complaints of sexual violence. The proposed bill allows for local law enforcement to be involved at the same time.

Coleman said she wants this bill to help police, but it is mainly for students.

“We hope that that provides that safe opportunity for students to come forward first and foremost… We want, you know, students to be… protected, we want a victim to have resources and get help,” Coleman said.

The bill would apply to both public and private universities across the state. Alleged victims or witnesses of an attack at Brigham Young University would be granted amnesty from any student honor code violations.

The bill was presented in the House on February 17th, and if it passes there and in the Senate, it will take effect early this summer.

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