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Joined by Senators Paul Bettencourt and Beverly Powell; Representatives Lynn Stucky and Chris Turner; and others. Also joined by Senators Carol Alvarado, Paul Bettencourt, Bob Hall, Joan Huffman, and Larry Taylor, as well as Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick and Refugio County Sheriff Raul "Pinky" Gonzales.
In addition to establishing standards for student conduct, the student code of conduct must:(1) specify the circumstances, in accordance with this subchapter, under which a student may be removed from a classroom, campus, disciplinary alternative education program, or vehicle owned or operated by the district;(2) specify conditions that authorize or require a principal or other appropriate administrator to transfer a student to a disciplinary alternative education program;(3) outline conditions under which a student may be suspended as provided by Section 37.005 or expelled as provided by Section 37.007;(4) specify that consideration will be given, as a factor in each decision concerning suspension, removal to a disciplinary alternative education program, expulsion, or placement in a juvenile justice alternative education program, regardless of whether the decision concerns a mandatory or discretionary action, to:(A) self-defense;(B) intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct;(C) a student's disciplinary history; or(D) a disability that substantially impairs the student's capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the student's conduct;(5) provide guidelines for setting the length of a term of:(A) a removal under Section 37.006; and(B) an expulsion under Section 37.007;(6) address the notification of a student's parent or guardian of a violation of the student code of conduct committed by the student that results in suspension, removal to a disciplinary alternative education program, or expulsion;(7) prohibit bullying, harassment, and making hit lists and ensure that district employees enforce those prohibitions;(8) provide, as appropriate for students at each grade level, methods, including options, for:(A) managing students in the classroom, on school grounds, and on a vehicle owned or operated by the district;(B) disciplining students; and(C) preventing and intervening in student discipline problems, including bullying, harassment, and making hit lists; and(9) include an explanation of the provisions regarding refusal of entry to or ejection from district property under Section 37.105, including the appeal process established under Section 37.105(h).(b) In this section:(1) "Bullying" has the meaning assigned by Section 37.0832.(2) "Harassment" means threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, engaging in sexually intimidating conduct, causing physical damage to the property of another student, subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously taking any action that substantially harms another student's physical or emotional health or safety.(3) "Hit list" means a list of people targeted to be harmed, using:(A) a firearm, as defined by Section 46.01(3), Penal Code;(B) a knife, as defined by Section 46.01(7), Penal Code; or(C) any other object to be used with intent to cause bodily harm.(b-1) The methods adopted under Subsection (a)(8) must provide that a student who is enrolled in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, may not be disciplined for conduct prohibited in accordance with Subsection (a)(7) until an admission, review, and dismissal committee meeting has been held to review the conduct.(c) Once the student code of conduct is promulgated, any change or amendment must be approved by the board of trustees.(d) Each school year, a school district shall provide parents notice of and information regarding the student code of conduct.(e) Except as provided by Section 37.007(e), this subchapter does not require the student code of conduct to specify a minimum term of a removal under Section 37.006 or an expulsion under Section 37.007.
After the Texas church massacre this month, a bipartisan gun control bill was introduced by a Texas senator — who’s a Republican. But the Air Force, where the perpetrator had previously served, failed to enter the conviction into the federal database which is supposed to prevent those convicted of domestic violence from obtaining weapons.
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Confidential people may still make reports that provide limited information about the alleged victim under specific circumstances.
Almost all faculty and staff members were already required by Baylor policy to file reports about alleged sexual misconduct, but Senate Bill 212 provides distinct requirements regarding who is a mandated or confidential reporter and what information reports must contain.
By Meredith Howard | Staff Writer Two Texas laws regarding sexual assault on college campuses will take effect in September—House Bill 1735 and Senate Bill 212.
House Bill 1735 requires a college to provide a policy to its student body and faculty about sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking and dating violence.