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SOS Campus Act
Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act

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A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education to have an independent advocate for campus sexual assault prevention and response.

Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
03/11/2015Introduced in Senate

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Date All Actions
03/11/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (8)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]* 03/11/2015
Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA]* 03/11/2015
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] 07/27/2015
Sen. Reid, Harry [D-NV] 08/05/2015
Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] 12/10/2015
Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] 12/17/2015
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] 12/17/2015
Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] 07/14/2016

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions03/11/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (03/11/2015)

Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act or the SOS Campus Act

Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require each institution of higher education (IHE) that participates in the programs under title IV (Student Assistance) to designate an independent advocate for campus sexual assault prevention and response (Advocate) with experience in providing sexual assault victim services.

Directs the Secretary of Education to prescribe regulations for IHEs to follow in appointing Advocates.

Requires each Advocate to: (1) report to an individual outside the body responsible for investigating and adjudicating sexual assault complaints at the IHE, (2) submit to such individual an annual report summarizing how the resources supplied to the Advocate were used, and (3) represent the interests of each student victim even when they conflict with the IHE's interests.

Directs each Advocate to:

  • ensure that sexual assault victims at the IHE receive, with their consent, specified information and services;
  • guide sexual assault victims who request assistance through the reporting, counseling, administrative, medical and health, academic accommodations, or legal processes of the IHE or local law enforcement;
  • attend, at the request of a sexual assault victim, any administrative or IHE-based adjudication proceeding related to such assault as an advocate for the victim;
  • maintain the privacy and confidentiality of the victim and any witness to such sexual assault, without notifying the IHE or any other authority of the identity of the victim or of any such witness or the alleged circumstances surrounding the reported sexual assault, unless otherwise required to do so by state law; and
  • conduct a public information campaign to inform the students enrolled at the IHE of the existence of, contact information for, and services provided by the Advocate.

Prohibits IHEs from retaliating against: (1) Advocates for representing the interests of a student victims, or (2) student victims for reporting sexual assaults to Advocates.