Campus police; report of certain incidents to local law-enforcement agency. (HB701)

Introduced By

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Campus police; report of certain incidents to local law-enforcement agency.  Requires the chief law-enforcement officer of a public or private institution of higher education to report the death or an alleged rape of any person on campus property to the law-enforcement agency of the locality in which the institution is located. The local law-enforcement agency would assume responsibility for leading the investigation with cooperation from the institution of higher education. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101616D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/08/2012Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/09/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/14/2012Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Susan Russell writes:

This is a resubmission of HB2490 which was introduced last year by Delegate Paula Miller (D-Norfolk)and referred to the Crime Commission for study during the summer/fall of 2011. Delegate Miller did an extensive re-write of the bill and unfortunately, Delegate Filler-Corn did not submit the revisions. Lessons learned from the Crime Commission hearings were ignored by Filler-Corn.

The basis for this bill is that collaboration between campus and local police should be mandated when felony crime occurs on a college campus. Currently, local police cannot participate in investigating felonies that take place on a college campus unless an MAA exists or unless additional resources are requested by the University.

A Richmond Times-Dispatch review of sexual-assault reports from seven Virginia universities found that no cases involving student-on-student assault resulted in criminal prosecution from 2008 through 2010.

HB2490 was covered extensively in the media across Virginia. Despite the flood of email supporting the measure, the Crime Commission did not endorse all points of the legislation.

For those interested in the Crime Commission study, the link is provided: