February 5, 2013
Lautenberg, Holt reintroduce the Tyler Clementi Act
On Monday, the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act was reintroduced in the 113th Congress by Senator Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey. This legislation would, for the first time, require publicly funded universities and colleges to establish enumerated anti-harassment policies. The bills would also provide funding to universities and colleges to either create or expand anti-harassment policies, and would also officially recognize cyber-bullying as a form of harassment.
The legislation is named in honor of Tyler Clementi, an 18 year old freshman at Rutgers University who tragically took his own life after two students streamed video of him with another male and continued to harass him about the incident. Senator Lautenberg and Congressman Holt released the following statements:
GLSEN thanks Senator Lautenberg and Congressman Holt for their leadership on this important issue, and support them in the fight to make universities and colleges safer places of learning and growth for all students.