New Legislative Bill Which Would Require Universities To Increase Reporting Of Hate Crimes

Maryland’s public colleges and universities would be required to develop stronger policies for reporting and documenting campus hate crimes and bias incidents under a measure introduced in the General Assembly on Friday in response to the stabbing of a black Bowie State University student at the University of Maryland.

Democratic Delegate Angela Angel partly modeled her bill on some actions already taken at the College Park campus in the aftermath of U.S Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins’ death in May, with a goal of seeing those replicated statewide.

For example, the measure calls for a coordinator to take reports and make sure they are posted online for students, faculty and the public to see. The University of Maryland is in the process of hiring such a coordinator.

 The bill would require that the outcome of such investigations be made public. It also would mandate hate-crime awareness training for freshmen, and electronic alert systems that notify students about campus hate crimes. The measure would require the Maryland Higher Education Commission to submit a report to the General Assembly on the universities’ compliance with diversity goals and reporting on hate-bias incidents.

This bill in Congress is aimed at holding university officials accountable by requiring them to inform local law enforcement about any campus hate crimes, and requiring accreditors to assess each university’s preventative measures before approving their eligibility to receive federal financial aid payments for students.


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