Higher educational institutions; review committees, reporting of acts of sexual violence, report. (HB1930)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Institutions of higher education; response to violence; penalty. Requires the protocols and policies for sexual assault response teams to include the campus and community response to criminal sexual assaults and violent felonies committed on the campus of any institution of higher education in the locality. The bill requires any faculty member or administrator of a public institution of higher education who through the course of his employment obtains information alleging that a violent felony has been committed to report such information to the attorney for the Commonwealth or the law-enforcement agency serving the locality in which the alleged violation occurred, with certain exceptions. The bill provides that a person in violation of the reporting requirement is subject to a civil penalty of $500 for the first violation and not more than $1,000 for each subsequent violation. The bill requires the governing board of each public or private institution of higher education to (i) establish a written memorandum of understanding with a local sexual assault crisis center or other victim support service and (ii) adopt policies to provide victims with information on contacting such center or service. The bill requires all persons appointed and employed as campus police officers or as members of auxiliary forces at an institution of higher education to receive training in trauma-informed response, interviewing, and investigation of alleged criminal sexual assaults committed on campus. The bill also requires that mutual aid agreements between a campus police force and law-enforcement agencies contain provisions requiring either the campus police force or an agency with which it has established a mutual aid agreement to notify the local attorney for the Commonwealth of any complaint or investigation involving a violent felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103292D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/04/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1930)
02/05/2015Referred from Courts of Justice
02/05/2015Referred to Committee on Education
02/05/2015Reported from Education with substitute (13-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Committee substitute printed 15104830D-H1
02/07/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Floor substitute printed 15104931D-H2 (Bell, Robert B.)
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Committee substitute rejected 15104830D-H1
02/09/2015Substitute by Delegate Bell, Robert B. agreed to 15104931D-H2
02/09/2015Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB1930H2
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (97-Y 3-N)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/19/2015Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Committee substitute printed 15105308D-S1
02/20/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Read third time
02/23/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/23/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15105308D-S1
02/23/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1930S1
02/23/2015Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Placed on Calendar
02/24/2015Senate substitute rejected by House 15105308D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2015House acceded to request
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2015Delegates: Bell, Robert B., Massie, Toscano
02/26/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2015Senators: Smith, Black, Cosgrove
02/27/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2015Conference substitute printed 15105667D-H3
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
02/27/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1930ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/18/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1930ER)
03/27/2015Governor's recommendation received by House
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 0-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/15/2015Reenrolled bill text (HB1930ER2)
04/15/2015Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/15/2015Signed by President as reenrolled
04/15/2015Enacted, Chapter 737 (effective 7/1/15)
04/15/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0737)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 16 minutes.


Safer Virginia writes:

Students in higher education institutions should be presumed intelligent enough to report crimes of all types, including violent felonies and sexual assault. Faculty and staff should not be placed in the role of policing the campus under threat of a civil penalty if they fail to do so.

If colleges truly want to help students, professors should be trained to encourage them to seek professional help or institutional resources, such as the counseling services offered by many colleges. Professors should also motivate students to report the crime to law enforcement. If a student refuses these services, professors should leave reporting the crime up to the victim. College students are adults, and it is their right to decide to report crimes against them.
"Forcing Professors to Report Assault Is Wrong." The Columbia Chronicle. Editorial Board, 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 1 Jan. 2015.