NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – State lawmakers want to know more about the sexual assault prevention practices of colleges and universities. A resolution was passed on Wednesday, during an informal session held by the state senate that not many lawmakers attended.
The resolution, which now heads to the senate floor for approval, would establish a task force. The task force would be responsible for developing a survey about sexual assault. The survey would ask students to rate how common they think it is, and would ask them about their own college or universities sexual assault protocols and prevention programs.
UMass student Stephanie Ramos told 22News that, as a resident advisor, she deals with the issue. “I have to deal with stuff like that. Not all the time, but it certainly comes up. And I have friends who have definitely dealt with sexual assault.”
The resolutions bans the survey from asking student personal information and any school that has already developed their own survey would not be required to administer the new state survey.
The results would be made available by July 1st of next year.