85R33359 KJE-D
  By: Alvarado H.R. No. 2609
         BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the State of
  Texas, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, That House Rule 13,
  Section 9(a), be suspended in part as provided by House Rule 13,
  Section 9(f), to enable the conference committee appointed to
  resolve the differences on Senate Bill 968 (a sexual assault policy
  at certain public and private institutions of higher education and
  to requiring those institutions to provide students and employees
  an option to electronically report certain offenses to the
  institution) to consider and take action on the following matter:
         House Rule 13, Section 9(a)(4), is suspended to permit the
  committee to add text on a matter which is not included in either
  the house or senate version of the bill in SECTION 1 of the bill, in
  amended Section 51.9363, Education Code, to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.9363.  [CAMPUS] SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY. (a)  In this
  section, "postsecondary educational institution" means an
  ["]institution of higher education or a private or independent
  institution of higher education, as those terms are defined[" has
  the meaning assigned] by Section 61.003.
         (b)  Each postsecondary educational institution [of higher
  education] shall adopt a policy on [campus] sexual assault
  applicable to each student enrolled at and each employee of the
  institution.  The policy must:
               (1)  include:
                     (A)  definitions of prohibited behavior;
                     (B)  sanctions for violations; and
                     (C)  the protocol for reporting and responding to
  reports of [campus] sexual assault; and
               (2)  be approved by the institution's governing board
  before final adoption by the institution.
         (c)  Each postsecondary educational institution [of higher
  education] shall make the institution's [campus] sexual assault
  policy available to students, faculty, and staff members by:
               (1)  including the policy in the institution's student
  handbook and personnel handbook; and
               (2)  creating and maintaining a web page on the
  institution's Internet website dedicated solely to the policy.
         (d)  Each postsecondary educational institution [of higher
  education] shall require each entering freshman or undergraduate
  transfer student to attend an orientation on the institution's
  [campus] sexual assault policy before or during the first semester
  or term in which the student is enrolled at the institution.  The
  institution shall establish the format and content of the
         Explanation: This addition is necessary to expand to private
  or independent institutions of higher education the requirements
  regarding a sexual assault policy and to require the policy to
  encompass all incidents of sexual assault, regardless of whether
  those incidents occur on or off campus.