Text: H.R.3551 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/17/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3551


To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require additional reporting on crime and harm that occurs during student participation in programs of study abroad, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 17, 2015

Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York (for himself, Mr. Gibson, and Mr. Scott of Virginia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require additional reporting on crime and harm that occurs during student participation in programs of study abroad, and for other purposes.

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 “Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act”.

SEC. 2. Application of Clery Act to programs of study abroad.

(a) Reporting of crime statistics.—Paragraph (12) of section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)) is amended—

(1) by striking “and” at the end of subparagraph (C);

(2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (D) and inserting a semicolon; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(E) while a student is participating in a program of study abroad approved for credit by an institution of higher education, distinguished by whether the criminal offense occurred at a location described in subparagraph (A), (B), (C), or (D), or at another location, without regard to whether the institution owns or controls a building or property at such location.”.

(b) Additional reporting for programs of study abroad.—Section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(f)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraph (18) as paragraph (19); and

(2) by inserting after paragraph (17), the following new paragraph:

“(18)(A) Each institution of higher education participating in any program under this title, other than a foreign institution of higher education, shall develop and distribute as part of the report described in paragraph (1), a statement that the institution has adopted and implemented a program to protect students participating in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the institution from crime and harm while participating in such program of study abroad that, at a minimum, includes the following:

“(i) A biennial review by the institution of the programs of study abroad approved for credit by the institution to determine—

“(I) the effectiveness of the programs at protecting students from crime and harm, and whether changes to the programs are needed (based on the most recent guidance or other assistance from the Secretary) and will be implemented;

“(II) for the 10 years preceding the date of the report, the number (in the aggregate for all programs of study abroad approved for credit by the institution) of—

“(aa) deaths of program participants resulting during program participation;

“(bb) accidents and illnesses occurring during program participation that resulted in hospitalization;

“(cc) sexual assaults against program participants occurring during program participation; and

“(dd) incidents involving program participants during the program participation that resulted in police involvement or a police report; and

“(III) with respect to the incidents described in items (aa) through (dd) of subclause (II), whether the incidents occurred—

“(aa) on campus;

“(bb) in or on a noncampus building or property;

“(cc) on public property;

“(dd) in dormitories or other residential facilities for students; or

“(ee) at a location not described in items (aa) through (dd) of this subclause, without regard to whether the institution owns or controls a building or property at the location.

“(ii) The crime statistics described in paragraph (12)(E).

“(B) An institution of higher education described in subparagraph (A) shall—

“(i) provide each student who is interested in participating in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the institution, with a pre-trip orientation session and advising that includes—

“(I) a list of countries in which such programs of study abroad are located;

“(II) all current travel information, including all travel warnings and travel alerts, issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State for such countries; and

“(III) the information described in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A), provided specifically for each program of study abroad approved for credit by the institution in which the student is considering participation; and

“(ii) provide each student who returns from such a program of study abroad with a post-trip orientation session, including an exit interview that assists the institution in carrying out subparagraph (A) and clause (i) of this subparagraph.

“(C) An institution of higher education shall not disaggregate or otherwise distinguish information for purposes of subparagraph (A) or (B) in a case in which the number of students in a category is insufficient to yield statistically reliable information or the results would reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student.

“(D) The Secretary shall periodically review a representative sample of the programs described in subparagraph (A) that have been adopted and implemented by institutions of higher education to protect students participating in a program of study abroad described in subparagraph (A) from crime and harm while participating in such program of study abroad.”.