Public Postsecondary Education; Mandatory Orientation for Students; Sexual Assault on Campus
(a) (1) The governing board of each community college district and the Trustees of the California State University shall, and the Regents of the University of California are requested to, in collaboration with campus-based and community-based victim advocacy organizations, provide, as part of established campus orientations, educational and preventive information about sexual violence to students at all campuses of their respective segments. For a campus with an existing on-campus orientation program, this information shall be provided, in addition to the sexual harassment information required to be provided pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 66281.5, during the regular orientation for incoming students.
(2) Each campus of the California Community Colleges and the California State University shall, and each campus of the University of California is requested to, post sexual violence prevention and education information on its campus Internet Web site.
(b) The educational and preventive information provided pursuant to this section shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Common facts and myths about the causes of sexual violence.
(2) Dating violence, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking crimes, including information on how to file internal administrative complaints with the institution of higher education and how to file criminal charges with local law enforcement officials.
(3) The availability of, and contact information for, campus and community resources for students who are victims of sexual violence.
(4) Methods of encouraging peer support for victims and the imposition of sanctions on offenders.
(5) Information regarding campus, criminal, and civil consequences of committing acts of sexual violence.
(c) Campuses of the California Community Colleges and the California State University shall, and campuses of the University of California are requested to, develop policies to encourage students to report any campus crimes involving sexual violence to the appropriate campus authorities.
(d) Campuses are urged to adopt policies to eliminate barriers for victims who come forward to report sexual assaults, and to advise students regarding these policies. These policies may include, but are not necessarily limited to, exempting the victim from campus sanctions for being in violation of any campus policies, including alcohol or substance abuse policies or other policies of the campus, at the time of the incident.
(e) The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Trustees of the California State University shall, and the Regents of the University of California are requested to, develop and adopt regulations setting forth procedures for the implementation of this section by campuses in their respective segments.
(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 647, Sec. 2.)
Education Code 66281.5