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From the ECS State Policy Database
School Safety--Sexual Harassment and Assault


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 09/2014P-12Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
A.B. 2016
From bill summary: Requires the state board, based upon recommendations by the superintendent of public instruction, to consider including age-appropriate content in sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention in the next revision of the K-12 heal...

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CASigned into law 09/2014P-12Sexual Abuse and Sex Trafficking Prevention Education
S.B. 1165
Requires the instructional quality commission to consider including a distinct category on sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education when the health framework is next revised after January 1, 2015.

Authorizes a school district to provide sexual ab...

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RISigned into law 07/2014P-12Courses of Study to Prevent Child Exploitation, Abduction and Abuse
H.B. 7292. S.B. 2058
Provides for comprehensive program to provide age-appropriate course of study for pupils in grades K-8 to prevent child abduction, child sexual exploitation, and abuse.
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText14/HouseText14/H7292.pdf...

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PASigned into law 06/2014P-12Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention and Child Exploitation Awareness Education
H.B. 1559
From the fiscal note: Requires school entities to adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy and education programs for youth suicide awareness and prevention, in accordance with guidelines established in the legislation. In addition, beginning with...

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SCSigned into law 06/2014P-12Sex Abuse Awareness Instruction
H.B. 4061
Provides that beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, districts annually must provide age-appropriate instruction in sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention to all students, with separate units appropriate for each age level from four-year old kind...

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CTSigned into law 06/2014P-12Teen Dating Violence
H.B. 5593
Sections 3-5 of the bill require local and regional boards of education and the State Department of Education to address teen dating violence in schools in the same way that current law requires them to address bullying. Section 6 adds teen dating violence to ...

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CTSigned into law 06/2014P-12Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness
S.B. 203
Requires the Department of Children and Families, in collaboration with the Department of Education and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. to identify or develop a state-wide sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention program for use by lo...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Instruction on Child Assault Awareness and Prevention
H.B. 733
Requires the governing authority of each public K-12 school to provide age- and grade-appropriate classroom instruction to all students on child assault awareness and prevention. Limits such instruction to education on what constitutes abuse or an assault, and...

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LATo governor 05/2014P-12Dating Violence Prevention
H.B. 178
Requires the governing authority of each public school serving students in grades 7-12 to:
- Provide all employees who have contact with students in any grades 7-12 with instruction on the definition of dating violence, dating violence warning signs, and how ...

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FLTo governor 04/2014P-12Stop Harassing Underage Teens Act
H.B. 485
Defines "authority figure" as a person 18 years of age or older who is employed by, volunteering at, or under contract with a school. Reclassifies certain felonies if the offense is committed by an authority figure of a school against a student of the school. ...

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NJSigned into law 04/2014P-12Student-Employee Communications Policy
S.B. 441
Directs school districts to create a written policy concerning electronic communications between school employees and students, including provisions designed to prevent improper electronic communications.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/PL14/2_.PDF...

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UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
H.B. 286
Adopts certain recommendations of Illinois's Erin's Law Task Force (http://www.isbe.state.il.us/reports/erins-law-final0512.pdf). Directs the state board to approve, in partnership with the department of human services, age-appropriate instructional materials....

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UTSigned into law 03/2014P-12Criminal Sexual Contact with a Minor
H.B. 213
Modifies the offenses of "sexual abuse of a minor" and "unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old" by adding a definition of "holds a relationship of special trust" and clarifying that the term includes an adult teacher, employee or volunteer at a scho...

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UTSigned into law 03/2014P-12Definition of "Position of Special Trust"
H.B. 257
From bill summary: Modifies the offense of aggravated sexual abuse of a child by providing a definition of the term "position of special trust".
http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/hbillenr/HB0257.pdf...

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IASigned into law 03/2014P-12Professional Misconduct
H.F. 2389
Requires adoption of rules to provide in the board's code of professional conduct and ethics that any licensee of the board, who commits or solicits any sexual conduct or solicits, encourages, or consummates a
romantic relationship with any individual who was...

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PASigned into law 12/2013P-12Amends Professional Educator Discipline Act
S.B. 34
Expands the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Professional Standards and Practices Commission (PSPC) to include educators holding Private Academic School certification and those educators
working for private entities that contract with public schools. The PSPC...

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CASigned into law 09/2013P-12Sex Offenders on School Property
S.B. 326
From bill summary: Require that the written permission a registered sex offender must receive before entering a school building or onto school grounds indicate the date or date range and time for which permission is granted. Authorizes the chief administrative...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force
H.B. 3236
Amends deadline by which the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force must submit its findings on best practices and policies (including a plan with a timetable for implementation of school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence in schools) from April 2...

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ILSigned into law 08/2013P-12Health Education and Teen Dating Violence Policies
H.B. 3379
Provides that basic first aid (including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver), heart disease, diabetes, stroke, the prevention of child abuse, neglect, and suicide, and teen dating violence may be included in grades 7-1...

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ORSigned into law 06/2013P-12Private School Disciplinary Procedures
S.B. 821
Outlines how school employees may be disciplined or terminated and procedures that can be taken regarding suspected child abuse or sexual conduct.
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measures/Text/SB821/Enrolled...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12
Postsec.
Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Sexual Abuse
S.B. 939
Requires provisions on reporting child abuse to extend to charter schools, and to include reports of child neglect. Clarifies that the TEA policy require districts and charter schools to require each employee to report child abuse or neglect in the manner requ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Representative of Employee's Attorney by Conference Call in Grievance Proceedings
H.B. 2607
Requires a school district grievance policy must permit an attorney or other person representing a district employee concerning a grievance against a supervisor to represent the employee through a telephone conference call, provided that the district has the e...

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LASigned into law 06/2013P-12Criminal Background Checks for Prospective Postsecondary Employees
H.B. 167
Requires a criminal background check for a prospective postsecondary employee to provide to the institution information on all prior arrests for any of certain sex offenses or crimes of violence, and information on convictions that have been dismissed. http://...

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MSSigned into law 04/2013P-12Study to Create and Implement Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum
S.B. 2133
Creates the Erin's law study committee for the purpose of studying the possibility of creating and implementing a curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of children in the State of Mississippi. The study committee will determine the feasibility of the b...

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MISigned into law 12/2012P-12Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children
S.B. 1112
Creates the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Specified membership requirements.Specified responsibilities of Task Force which include gathering information, creating goals for state policy, and creating recommendations and guidelines. ...

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MISigned into law 12/2012P-12Opt-Out from Instruction Regarding Child Sexual Abuse
S.B. 1114
Permits a parent or guardian to review and/or excuse his/her child from receiving instruction on child sexual abuse.
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billengrossed/Senate/pdf/2012-SEBH-1114.pdf...

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CASigned into law 08/2012P-12Child Sexual Abuse Curriculum
S.C.R. 73
Encourages districts to include age-appropriate instruction related to child sexual abuse in their curriculum to help pupils understand the difference between appropriate and inappropriate conduct in situations where child sexual abuse could occur, and to prov...

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ILSigned into law 08/2012P-12High School Course for Preventing Interpersonal, Adolescent Violence (including Dating Violence)
H.B. 5689
Creates the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force to develop a statewide prevention course for high school students designed to prevent interpersonal, adolescent violence based on the Step Back Program for boys and girls. Establishes specific duties of the ta...

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DESigned into law 07/2012P-12Teen Dating Violence
S.B. 206
Requires school districts and charter schools to establish a policy on responding to Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault, including guidelines on mandatory reporting and confidentiality, a protocol for responding to incidents of Teen Dating Violence and Se...

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LASigned into law 06/2012P-12Electronic Communication between School Employees and Students
H.B. 705
Addresses the reporting of certain electronic communication between employees at public elementary or secondary schools and a student enrolled at that school. Addresses the manner, frequency and other guidelines of reporting certain electronic communications. ...

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LAPassed 06/2012P-12Sexual Harassment Training for Public Agency Employees
S.C.R. 107
Authorizes and directs public agencies to provide in-service education and training on sexual harassment for its public servants. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=806998...

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VTSigned into law 05/2012P-12Abuse Reporting
S.B. 113 - Section on Reporting Abuse
Includes the governing body of each approved or recognized independent school in the requirement to provide comprehensive health education and staff training, etc. on child abuse or sexual abuse. Requires consideration and presentation of recommendations to th...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12
Postsec.
Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse
H.B. 1176
Existing law includes child service organization personnel among those who must report suspected child abuse. New provision defines "child service organization personnel" as employees or volunteers at any public, private, for profit, not for profit, or volunta...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12
Postsec.
Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse
H.B. 1355
Revises language concerning child abuse reporting. Requires any person with knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse by person other than parent or caregiver to report such knowledge/suspicion. Requires similar reporting of knowledge or suspicion of ch...

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IASigned into law 04/2012P-12A bill for an act relating to mandatory reporting of school employee misconduct to the board of educational examiners.
H.F. 2383
Requires local boards, local or regional superintendents, directors of accredited nonpublic schools, etc. to report any disciplinary action for school employee misconduct to the board of educational examiners. Conduct to be reported includes the following: (a)...

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ORSigned into law 03/2012P-12Teen Dating Violence.
H.B. 4077
Defines teen dating violence; directs each school district board to adopt a policy regarding teen dating violence. Calls for the Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Fund to encourage and supports services, programs and curricula to educate and inform ...

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ORSigned into law 02/2012P-12Child Abuse
H.B. 4016
Expands definition of a public/private official for purposes of reporting abuse or sexual abuse to include an employee of a higher education institution and a coach, assistant coach or trainer of an amateur, semiprofessional or professional athlete, if compens...

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MOSigned into law 10/2011P-12Staff/Student Internet Use
S.B. 1
Modifies S.B. 54. SCS/SB 1 c[ ][ ] This act modifies provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students.Current law requires each school district to promulgate a written policy on teacher-student and employee-student communica...

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CASigned into law 09/2011P-12Gender Identity and Gender Expression
S.B. 559
Expresses legislative intent that public schools have access to supplemental resources to combat bias on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0551-0600/sb_559_bill_20110906_chaptered.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Unlawful Acts with Students
H.B. 1610
Requires a superintendent or director of a school district to complete an investigation of an educator based on reasonable cause to believe the educator may have engaged in abuse or an unlawful act with a student or minor, despite the educator's resignation fr...

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MSSigned into law 03/2011P-12Teacher License Suspension/Revocation For Sexual Contact
H.B. 641
Adds to grounds for revocation or suspension of a teacher or administrative license: (g) The license holder has engaged in unethical conduct relating to an educator/student relationship as identified by the State Board of Education in its rules; (h) The licens...

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VASigned into law 03/2011P-12Family Life Education
S.B. 906
Provides that any family life education curriculum offered by a local school division shall require the Standards of Learning objectives related to dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships to be taught at least once during middle school...

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PAVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 11/2010P-12
Postsec.
Dating Violence Education (K-12) and Sexual Violence Education (Higher Education)
H.B. 101 - Sections 1553, 2023 and Article XX-G
Sections 1553, 2023 require the state department to develop a model dating violence policy to assist districts in developing their own policy for reporting purposes. Authorizes district to establish a policy to address incidents of dating violence (procedures,...

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GASigned into law 05/2010P-12Definition of "Sexual Assault"
H.B. 571
Defines "school" and revises definition of "sexual assault" to clarify that one definition is engagement in sexual contact by a teacher, principal, assistant principal or other administrator of any school with such other individual who the actor knew or should...

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ALSigned into law 02/2010P-12Alabama Educator Code of Ethics
S.J.R. 9
Provides that after determining the state board's proposed July 2009 amendment to Rule 290-4-1, creating the "Alabama Educator Code of Ethics," was ambiguous and incapable of being enforced as currently drafted, the legislative joint committee disapproved the ...

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OHSigned into law 12/2009P-12Dating Violence Prevention
H.B. 19 - Dating Violence Prevention
Enacts the Tina Croucher Act to require school districts to adopt a dating violence prevention policy as part of its policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and to include age-appropriate dating violence prevention education in the health edu...

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ILAdopted 11/2009P-12Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision
23 IAC 1.20, .30, .100, .240, .420, .465, .480, .510, .737
Partially from "Notice of Adopted Amendments" in Illinois Register (changes from this rulemaking but not listed below are technical in nature or echo recent changes in legislation):

Section 1.20: Revised to distinguish among the appropriate levels of sign-of...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Teacher Conduct, Licensure Suspension and Revocation
S.B. 2071
Provides that it is a state attorney's duty to notify the state superintendent of education, the applicable regional superintendent of schools, and the superintendent of the employing school district or the chief school administrator of the employing nonpublic...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Teen Dating Violence
H.B. 973
Allows the Comprehensive Health Education Program in grades 8-12 to include instruction on teen dating violence. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/96/HB/PDF/09600HB0973lv.pdf...

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ALAdopted 07/2009P-12Alabama Educator Code of Ethics
290-4-1
Adds section creating the Alabama Educator Code of Ethics. Identifies nine areas of standards of conduct, including teacher/student relationships, background checks and confidentiality of the content of student records and standardized tests. Requires educator...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Child Sexual Abuse and Child Abuse
H.B. 1041
Requires districts to adopt policies regarding sexual abuse of children. Specifies that policies must address methods of increasing parent, student and teacher awareness of sexual abuse of children, including warning signs that a child may be a victim of sexua...

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TNSigned into law 06/2009P-12Allegations Against Employees
H.B. 1210
Prohibits the issuance of an arrest warrant or criminal summons without written approval of the appropriate district attorney general to the parents or legal guardians of a child who allege that an employee of a local education agency (LEA), who had supervisor...

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NYSigned into law 07/2008P-12Revocation of Teaching Certificate
A.B. 11500
Provides for the automatic revocation of a teaching certificate held by a teacher convicted of a sex offense; provides for the termination of education personnel without a hearing upon such conviction. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A11500&sh=t...

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HISigned into law 06/2008P-12Revocation of Teacher's License
S.B. 2080
Allows the state teacher standards board to suspend a teacher's license without a hearing and initiate proceedings to permanently revoke the teacher's license when the teacher has been convicted of certain sexual offenses against minors. Requires the departmen...

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ORAdopted 06/2008P-12Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Color
OAR 581-021-0045, -0046, -024-0205, -0245, -045-001, -049-0020
Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and color in schools, programs, services and activities. OREGON 29387...

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AZSigned into law 05/2008P-12Ethics
S.B. 1336
Concerns penalty classifications for sexual conduct with a minor when the perpetrator is the minor's school teacher, clergyman, or priest.
Chapter 210
http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/48leg/2r/summary/h.sb1336_05-13-08_astransmittedtogove...

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GASigned into law 05/2008P-12Inappropriate Behavior by an Educator
H.B. 1321
Provides that falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting, or erroneously reporting reports of instances of inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator or other school employee toward a student must be addressed in the student code of conduct. Directs the Pro...

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KSSigned into law 04/2008P-12School Safety Violations and Teaching License Issuance/Renewal to Offenders
S.B. 470
Repeals definition of "school safety violation." Rewrites provision relating to a student found in possession of a weapon or illegal drug at school or on school
property, or who has engaged in an act or behavior at school or on school property that resulted in...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12License Revocation for Sexual Offense or Sexually Explicit Conduct
H.B. 286
Requires the State Board of Education to permanently revoke an educator's license if the educator commits a sexual offense against a minor or engages in sexually explicit conduct with a student. http://le.utah.gov/~2008/bills/hbillenr/hb0286.pdf...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12License Revocation for Sexual Offense or Sexually Explicit Conduct
H.B. 287
Requires the state board of education to revoke an educator's license if the educator commits a sexual offense against a minor or engages in sexually explicit conduct with a student. http://le.utah.gov/~2008/bills/hbillenr/hb0287.pdf...

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UTAdopted 01/2008P-12Educator Standards
R277-515
Provides definitions, standards for educators as role models, standards for educators to maintain a safe learning environment, standards for professional educator, responsibility for compliance with school district policies and standards for professional educa...

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ILSigned into law 09/2007P-12Criminal Sexual Offense by an Employee
H.B. 3512
Amends the Privacy of Child Victims of Criminal Sexual Offenses Act. Provides that when a criminal sexual offense is committed or alleged to have been committed by a school district employee or any individual contractually employed by a school district, that c...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Internet Safety Education Act
S.B. 1472
Creates the Internet Safety Education Act. Provides that each school may adopt an age-appropriate curriculum for Internet safety instruction of students in grades K-12. Recommends a minimum of two hours of instruction each school year on:

(1) Safe and respon...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Sex Offenders' Polling Places
H.B. 263
Provides that when a sex offender's precinct polling place is a school and the offender will be unable to enter the school to vote because the offender is a child sex offender, the offender may vote early or by absentee ballot. Requires that an election author...

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ILAmendatory Veto by Governor 08/2007P-12Prohibition of Sexual Harassment in K-12 Education
H.B. 1268
Amends provisions of the Human Rights Act prohibiting sexual harassment in higher education so that they also apply to sexual harassment in elementary and secondary schools; includes private K-12 schools. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/HB/PDF/09500HB1268lv...

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LASigned into law 07/2007P-12Prohibited Sexual Conduct Between Educator and a Student
H.B. 969
Creates the crime of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student who is at least 17 but less than 19; provides that such crime is committed when (1) an educator has sexual intercourse with such student, when the victim is not the spouse of the ...

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NDSigned into law 04/2007P-12Prohibits Sexual Offenders Near Schools
H.B. 1472
Prohibits sexual offenders from being near public and nonpublic schools and establishes penalties.
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/60-2007/bill-text/HBIU0500.pdf...

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IASigned into law 04/2007P-12Human Growth and Development Curriculum
H.F. 611
Defines "age-appropriate" and "research-based." Directs the department of education to develop age-appropriate and research-based materials for districts about the dangers of sexual exploitation by means of the Internet, including specific strategies to help s...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Sex Offenders Prohibited On Schools, Pre-schools & Day Care Facilities
H.B. 375
Prohibits sex offenders from being in specified protected areas, which include a public or private primary or secondary school that is not on the grounds of a correctional facility and any licensed day care or preschool facility; provides limited exceptions fo...

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VASigned into law 03/2007P-12Requires School Contractors Verify Employee Sex Offender Status
H.B. 1707, S.B. 1346
Provides that as a condition of awarding a contract for the provision of services that require the contractor or his employees to have direct contact with students on school property during regular school hours, the school board must require the contractor to ...

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VASigned into law 03/2007P-12Sex Offenders Prohibited On School Property
H.B. 2344, S.B. 927
Provides that an adult who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense is guilty of a Class 6 felony if he enters or is present on, during school hours, any property he knows or has reason to know is a public or private elementary or secondary school or c...

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WVSigned into law 07/2006P-12Child Abuse Prevention Programs & Background Checks
H.B. 101A
Relates to the Child Protection Act with provisions requiring county boards of education, to the extent funds are provided, to establish programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and child assault to be provided to pupils, parents and school perso...

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ILSigned into law 07/2006P-12Failure to Disclose Sex Offense
S.B. 859
Amends the Teacher Certification Article of the School Code. Includes as unprofessional conduct for which a certificate may be suspended the failure to disclose on an employment application a previous conviction for a sex offense or any other offense committed...

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LASigned into law 06/2006P-12Background Checks
H.B. 1082
Requires local boards, prior to hiring any employee, to sign sign a statement that:

(1) Provides procedures for the disclosure of information by the applicant's current or previous employer, if such employer is a public school board, on all instances of sexu...

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ILSigned into law 06/2006P-12Sex Offenders
H.B. 5249
Amends the Criminal Code. Prohibits a child sex offender to knowingly operate, manage, be employed by, volunteer at, be associated with, or knowingly be present at a child day care facility, or a school providing before and after school programs for children u...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Sexual Violence Awareness Program
S.B. 595; H.B. 0374
Concerns Education, Curriculum; requires local education agencies to implement sexual violence awareness and prevention education for high school students.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/SB0595.pdf...

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LASigned into law 05/2006P-12Sex Offenders on School Property
H.B. 882
Defines acts that constitute the crime of unlawful residence or presence of a sex offender. Acts include:

(1) The physical presence of the offender in, on, or within 1,000 feet of the school property of any public or private elementary or secondary school or...

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VASigned into law 04/2006P-12Definition of Abused Child
H.B. 1066
Adds to definition of "abused or neglected child" to include a child whose parents or other person responsible for his care creates a substantial risk of physical or mental injury by knowingly leaving the child alone in the same dwelling with a person to whom ...

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VASigned into law 04/2006P-12Sex Offenders
H.B. 846
Provides that every adult who has been convicted of certain sex offenses occurring on or after July 1, 2006, where the victim is 13 or younger and the offender is more than three years older than the victim, must be forever prohibited from working or engaging ...

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IDSigned into law 04/2006P-12Sex Offenders
H.B. 713
Adds to existing law to prohibit access to school children by any person currently registered or required to register under the Idaho Sex Offender Registration Act; provides exceptions; provides a penalty. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/H0713.html...

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WISigned into law 04/2006P-12Sexual Assault
S.B. 349
Expands penalities for sexual assault on a child from instructional staff position to staff person or a person who works or volunteers with children.
http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2005/data/acts/05Act274.pdf...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12Sex Offenders
S.B. 246
Prohibits a sex offender from working or volunteering on school property, at a youth program center, or at a public park. Creates new section defining "offender against children."
http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2006/SE/SE0246.1.html...

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CAVetoed 09/2005P-12False Accusation of Sexual Assault
A.B. 605
An act to amend Section 48900 of the Education Code, relating to pupil rights. Authorizes a principal or superintendent to suspend a student who knowingly made a false accusation to a school employee that another school employee has committed or attempted to c...

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MESigned into law 06/2005P-12Student Code of Conduct
LD 564
Defines unacceptable student behavior; as including, but not limited to, behavior that negatively affects a student's ability to perform academically or socially, such as: bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, quid pro quo sexual harassment, which is when ...

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WARule Adoption 11/2004P-12Definitions of Abuse
WAC 180-88-010 thru -060
Adopts a new chapter to the Board of Education policies. Provides definitions of sexual misconduct, verbal abuse, and physical abuse. Relates to situations of mandatory disclosure and prohibited agreements. WASHINGTON REG 23819 (SN)...

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PASigned into law 07/2004P-12Public Employee Pension Forfeiture
S.B. 971
Amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act of 1978. Further defines "crimes related to public office or public employment" to include certain sexual offenses committed by school employees against students. http://www2.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/BT/200...

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LASigned into law 06/2004P-12Sexually Violent Predators
S.B. 164
Existing law barred a sexually violent predator from living within 1000 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school. Amendment adds that sexually violent predator may also not reside within 1000 feet of a day care facility, playground, public o...

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VTSigned into law 04/2004P-12Harassment in Schools
H.B. 113
Requires boards to adopt policies prohibiting harassment and hazing, including sexual harassment. The stated intent is to: the intent of the General Assembly to:
(1)  clarify the definition of harassment;
(2)  encourage education and training of teachers and s...

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WASigned into law 03/2004P-12Access to School Employee Discipline Records
S.B. 5533
Relates to providing increased access to information on disciplinary actions taken against school employees; relates to providing known information regarding employees' sexual misconduct when those employees attempt to transfer to different school districts....

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WASigned into law 03/2004P-12Complaint Against School Employees Investigation
S.B. 6171
Regards investigation of complaints against school employees of sexual misconduct or physical abuse towards a child....

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MDRule Adoption 06/2003P-12Student Right to Safe School Environment
COMAR 13A.01.04.03
Establishes that all students in Maryland's public schools, without exception and regardless of race, ethnicity, region, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language, socioeconomic status, age, or disability, have the right to educational environments that a...

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LASigned into law 06/2003P-12Immorality Grounds for Dismissal of School Employees
H.B. 778
Adds a charge of immorality as a cause for dismissal of a teacher, bus driver, or permanent employee; defines immorality as conviction of a felony offense against the public morals.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/bills/byinst.asp?sessionid=03RS&billid=HB778&doct...

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NVSigned into law 06/2003P-12Suspension of Licenses
S.B. 460
Provides that the employment of a teacher for whom a license is required must be suspended or terminated for failure to maintain a license in force; prescribes administrative procedural protections for certain teachers who are suspended for failure to maintain...

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GASigned into law 06/2003P-12
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Teen Dating Violence
S.B. 346
Requires the State Board of Education to develop a rape prevention and personal safety education program, and a program for preventing teen dating violence for grade eight through grade 12. Local boards may implement the programs at any time and for any grade ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003P-12Improper Sexual Relations in Schools
H.B. 532
The Educators' Code of Ethics states that an educator should not "solicit or engage in sexual conduct or a romantic relationship with a student." Though an educator may be sanctioned for violation of this rule, there are currently no laws that would prohibit s...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003P-12Child Abuse
S.B. 1488
Requires a superintendent or director of a school district, regional educational service center, or shared services arrangement, to file a
report with SBEC if a superintendent has reason to believe that an educator has engaged in certain incidents of misconduc...

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MOSigned into law 06/2003P-12
S.B. 296 (multiple provisions)
Specifies that all valid teaching certificates issued prior to September 1988 are exempt from the professional development requirement that follows. Narrows types of teacher licences available to an initial professional certificate and a career continuous pro...

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NCSigned into law 05/2003P-12School Safety Officers
S.B. 555
Clarifies that it is a felony for a school safety officer to have sexual contact or take indecent liberties with a student....

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Requirement to Report School Employee Nonrenewal or Termination Due to Alleged or Actual Misconduct
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Requires any local board, superintendent or head of any nonpublic school to report to the state educational examiners board every instance of revocation or nonrenewal of a school employee's contract due to alleged or actual misconduct, as well as the resignati...

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Grounds for Disqualification from or Revocation of Teaching License
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Requires the state board of educational examiners to disqualify an individual from obtaining a teaching license or revoke the teaching license of any individual who pleas guilty or is found guilty of "sexual exploitation by a school employee," regardless of th...

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Sexual Abuse or Sexual Exploitation by School Employee
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Creates five-year statute of limitations for action for damages suffered as result of sexual abuse or sexual exploitation by a school employee. Action must be brought within five years of the date the victim was last enrolled in or attended the school. Define...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12School Children Protection Act
S.B. 691
Expands the Arkansas school children protection act to include teacher sexual contact with a student; requires termination of employment upon conviction. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/SB691.pdf...

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MISigned into law 12/2002P-12Criminalizes Sexual Conduct Between School Employees and Students
S.B. 1127
Provides that it is criminal sexual conduct if the victim is a minor between certain age groupings and the actor is a teacher, administrator or other employee or contractual services provider of a public or nonpublic school in which the victim is enrolled. htt...

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CTSigned into law 06/2002P-12Sexual Harassment by Coach
H.B. 5722
Establishes as sexual assault in the second degree any incidence of sexual intercourse between a coach or a person who provides intensive, ongoing instruction and a recipient of such coaching or instruction who is a secondary school student or under 18. Establ...

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COSigned into law 05/2002P-12Reporting by School Employees of Suspected Sex Offenses Against Children
S.B. 187
Includes "unlawful sexual behavior" under definitions of "abuse" and "child abuse or neglect." Requires public and private school officials and employees to report allegations of child abuse to law enforcement agencies immediately upon receipt of such informat...

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CTSigned into law 05/2002P-12Sexual Abuse of Minors and Child Abuse and Teacher Records
H.B. 5680
Lengthens statutes of limitations in cases of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of a minor to 30 years from date of victim's attainment of age of majority. Adds section stating that in certain cases of recovering damages for personal injury c...

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: Requirement to Report Student-on-Student Sexual Battery
S.B. 20E
Creates new section requiring instructional or administrative personnel who know of student-on-student-sexual battery to report the offense to a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction. See bill section 761, page 1416, line 4 ff: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/...

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CASigned into law 10/2001P-12School Safety and Violence Prevention Act
A.B. 819
States the intent of the Legislature that schoolsites receiving funds pursuant to the School Safety and Violence Prevention Act provide age-appropriate instruction in domestic violence prevention, dating violence prevention and interpersonal violence preventio...

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CAChaptered by Secretary of State 09/2001P-12Definition of sex offense
S.B. 299
Chapter No.342, Includes in the definition of sex offense, as used in provisions relating to school employees, any offense against the laws of the United States which if committed or attempted in this State would have been punishable as crimes. Prohibits discl...

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NVSigned into law 06/2001P-12Harassment, Intimidation, Discrimination
A.B. 459
Prohibits harassment, intimidation, and discrimination in public schools; requires the Department of Education to prescribe a policy for public schools to provide a safe and respectful learning environment; requires the boards of trustees of school districts t...

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NCSigned into law 05/2001P-12Employee Sexual Harassment
H.B. 1149
Requires local boards to adopt policies addressing the sexual harassment of school employees....

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NVSigned into law 05/2001P-12Sexual Conduct
S.B. 183
Revises provisions governing sexual conduct between pupils and persons in position of authority at schools....

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OKSigned into law 05/2001P-12Employee Relationships With Students
S.B. 716
Adds new definition of rape. Where the victim is at least sixteen (16) years of age and is less than eighteen (18) years of age and is a student, or under the legal custody or supervision of any public or private elementary or secondary school, junior high or ...

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WAVetoed 05/2001P-12Sexual Misconduct
H.B. 1091
Relates to sexual misconduct with a minor by a person who is a school employee and knowingly causes another person under the age of 18 to have sexual contact with a registered student who is at least 16 years of age and not married to the employee; provides su...

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AZSigned into law 04/2001P-12Sex Education/Sexual Conduct
S.B. 1222
Requires school districts to integrate into existing sex education curricula; relates to sexual conduct with a minor for pupils in grades 7 through 12; allows school districts to develop their own curricula relating to the instruction of laws relating to sexua...

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