U.S. bill would deal with bullying on college campuses

Louis Weisberg, Staff writer

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., recently reintroduced legislation to address bullying and harassment, which affects one in five students at colleges and universities across the country.

The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015 would require institutions of higher education to establish policies prohibiting harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. The bill also would establish a grant program to support campus anti-harassment activities.

The legislation is named after Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University who took his life after his roommate and another student harassed him over the Internet.

“Bullying is a real and persistent danger for far too many students at our colleges and universities and too many of these students are targeted for their sexual orientation,” Pocan said in a statement. “This bill ensures no student has to suffer the humiliation of being harassed for who they are, or who they love. Institutions of higher learning should be a place of open expression, which celebrate diversity and embrace students from all different backgrounds.”