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[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 359 Introduced in House (IH)]

113th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 359

  To establish and operate a National Center for Campus Public Safety.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            January 23, 2013

    Mr. Scott of Virginia (for himself, Mr. Wolf, and Mr. Cummings) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
                             the Judiciary

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                                 A BILL


 
  To establish and operate a National Center for Campus Public Safety.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Center to Advance, Monitor, and 
Preserve University Security Safety Act of 2013'' or the ``CAMPUS 
Safety Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. NATIONAL CENTER FOR CAMPUS PUBLIC SAFETY.

    Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 
(42 U.S.C. 3711 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

          ``PART LL--NATIONAL CENTER FOR CAMPUS PUBLIC SAFETY

``SEC. 3021. NATIONAL CENTER FOR CAMPUS PUBLIC SAFETY.

    ``(a) Authority To Establish and Operate Center.--
            ``(1) In general.--The Attorney General is authorized to 
        establish and operate, within the Office of Community Oriented 
        Policing Services, a National Center for Campus Public Safety 
        (referred to in this section as the `Center').
            ``(2) Grant authority.--The Attorney General, through the 
        Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, is authorized 
        to award grants to institutions of higher education and other 
        nonprofit organizations to assist in carrying out the functions 
        of the Center required under subsection (b).
    ``(b) Functions of the Center.--The Center shall--
            ``(1) provide quality education and training for public 
        safety personnel of institutions of higher education and their 
        collaborative partners, including campus mental health 
        agencies;
            ``(2) foster quality research to strengthen the safety and 
        security of institutions of higher education;
            ``(3) serve as a clearinghouse for the identification and 
        dissemination of information, policies, protocols, procedures, 
        and best practices relevant to campus public safety, including 
        off-campus housing safety, the prevention of violence against 
        persons and property, and emergency response and evacuation 
        procedures;
            ``(4) coordinate with the Secretary of Homeland Security, 
        the Secretary of Education, State, local and tribal governments 
        and law enforcement agencies, private and nonprofit 
        organizations and associations, and other stakeholders, to 
        develop protocols and best practices to prevent, protect 
        against and respond to dangerous and violent situations 
        involving an immediate threat to the safety of the campus 
        community;
            ``(5) promote the development and dissemination of 
        effective behavioral threat assessment and management models to 
        prevent campus violence;
            ``(6) identify campus safety information (including ways to 
        increase off-campus housing safety) and identify resources 
        available from the Department of Justice, the Department of 
        Homeland Security, the Department of Education, State, local, 
        and tribal governments and law enforcement agencies, and 
        private and nonprofit organizations and associations;
            ``(7) promote cooperation, collaboration, and consistency 
        in prevention, response, and problem-solving methods among 
        public safety and emergency management personnel of 
        institutions of higher education and their campus- and non-
        campus-based collaborative partners, including law enforcement, 
        emergency management, mental health services, and other 
        relevant agencies;
            ``(8) disseminate standardized formats and models for 
        mutual aid agreements and memoranda of understanding between 
        campus security agencies and other public safety organizations 
        and mental health agencies; and
            ``(9) report annually to Congress on activities performed 
        by the Center during the previous 12 months.
    ``(c) Coordination With Available Resources.--In establishing the 
Center, the Attorney General shall--
            ``(1) coordinate with the Secretary of Homeland Security, 
        the Secretary of Education, and appropriate State or territory 
        officials; and
            ``(2) ensure coordination with campus public safety 
        resources within the Department of Homeland Security, including 
        within the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the 
        Department of Education.
    ``(d) Definition of Institution of Higher Education.--In this 
section, the term `institution of higher education' has the meaning 
given the term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 
U.S.C. 1001).
    ``(e) Funding.--Funding for the implementation of this part shall 
be through the use of existing excess unobligated funds available to 
the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.''.

SEC. 3. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

    Nothing in this Act shall preclude public elementary and secondary 
schools or their larger governing agencies from receiving the 
informational and training benefits of the Center.
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