Higher education; reporting of sexual assault, penalty. (SB734)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), and Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Higher education; reporting of sexual assault; penalty. Requires any administrator or professor employed by a public institution of higher education who through the course of his employment obtains information alleging that a criminal sexual assault has occurred to report within 24 hours such information to law enforcement. The bill provides that a person in violation of the reporting requirement is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


01/26/2015: Merged into SB712


12/15/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101312D
12/15/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB734)
01/20/2015Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/26/2015Incorporated by Education and Health (SB712-Black) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Safer Virginia writes:

Just as for SB 712, students in higher education institutions should be presumed intelligent enough to report crimes of all types, including sexual assault. Faculty and staff should not be placed in the role of policing the campus under threat of being found guilty of a crime 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.

stephen writes:

This Bill is stupid at best, why would they only have to report sex offences? Just to show you what this senator is like, he put out a survey with 18 Questions and only gave the results of 15 questions.

stephen writes:

You lost my vote saslaw for wasting my taxes.