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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 02:49 AM
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Proposed anti-harassment bill named for Tyler Clementi
Thursday, November 18, 2010
LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2010, 2:37 AM
BY PATRICIA ALEX
THE RECORD
STAFF WRITER

In the wake of the suicide of a college student from Ridgewood, New Jerseys congressional delegation is pushing a bill that would require all colleges and universities to have anti-harassment policies in place and would provide funding for anti-bullying programs.

The Clementi family consented to the use of Tylers name for the legislation, which would require all colleges and universities to have anti-harassment policies in place and would provide funding for anti-bullying programs.

Most, if not all, of the states schools already have such policies and programs in place. But advocates said the legislation will make sure strong measures are enforced at schools nationwide and will heighten awareness about the growing threat of cyber bullying.

The legislation was introduced by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-Cliffside Park, and Rep. Rush Holt, D-Hopewell, on Thursday. It is called the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, in memory of the Rutgers University student from Ridgewood ...

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/111810_Proposed_a...
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 03:30 AM
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1. Long over due
Why does it always take a monumental tragedy to get something done that was so obviously needed before hand. :cry:



Lautenberg and Holt are 2 of the best Senators in the country.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 04:30 AM
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2. Watch the Republicans try to block it. nt
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 06:05 AM
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3. Unfortunately, watch them probaby succeed.
:(

I hope I am wrong. I hope this passes. But I can't see a majority of politicians giving consent to a rule like this that dictates a mandatory policy even to private universities.

If it only applied to state schools then I could see this passing easily. But a law that applies to All Colleges and Universities is something else entirely. Private colleges and universities like their independence. Especially religious (Christian) colleges and universities.

I can see private schools lobbying very hard for their independence. I can see the religious schools lobbying as if their lives depended on it. And, I can predict politicians caving in. :(

This is one of those times when it would be very nice to be wrong.

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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 02:06 PM
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4. If it were a vote on merits, it would probably pass with 65 votes.
We'd get Snowe, Collins, Brown, Lugar, and maybe a couple others. But given how little they've been willing to support things even that they support...
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-10 06:31 PM
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5. Rec, but this is still so very sad...nt
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