Scott Walker Budget Deletes College Rape Reporting Requirements
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]Scott Walker’s budget drops the requirement to report college rape statistics to new students and to the Justice Department.
The budget, unveiled earlier this month, removes a requirement that directs “each institution and college campus to incorporate oral and written or electronic information on sexual assault in its orientation program for newly entering students and to supply all students enrolled in the institution or college campus with the same information in either printed or electronic form.”
It also deletes the requirement that any university employee who witnesses a sexual assault must report that assault to the dean of students, the requirement that each school report sexual assault statistics annually to the DOJ, and the requirement compelling the DOJ to include those statistics in crime reports.
Walker’s two-year spending plan does not appear to replace the rape reporting requirements with anything, and it’s out of step with federal law. Colleges are currently required to incorporate prevention programs and information about sexual assault reporting options in orientation per the Violence Against Women Act, and they are required to report their sexual assault statistics annually to the DOJ.
A spokesman for Walker said The University of Wisconsin system requested the deletion of provisions of “duplicative reporting requirements,” since the federal government already requires reporting.