Lawmakers call for legislation holding universities accountable in sex assault cases

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on support for their legislation to hold universities that receive federal funding accountable for sexual abuse cases that threaten the safety of their students.

U.S. Senators Gary Peters, John Cornyn, Debbie Stabenow, and Representatives Elissa Slotkin, Fred Upton and Paul Mitchell heldg a news conference to focus attention on the legislation.

 The Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations (ALERT) Act would require university leaders to certify that they have reviewed any reports of sexual abuses perpetrated by university employees. Peters led introduction of the ALERT Act with Cornyn and Stabenow, and Slotkin will lead introduction of the House companion bill.

 The ALERT Act would require federally funded colleges and universities to submit an annual certification to the Secretary of Education affirming that at least one senior official has reviewed all sexual abuse investigations involving an employee reported that year. 

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