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          Date of Hearing:  April 27, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2732 (Chang) - As Introduced February 19, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the California State University (CSU)  
          Trustees and requests the University of California (UC) Regents,  
          to provide, as part of established campus orientations,  
          educational and preventive information about cyberbullying to  
          students at all campuses.


          FISCAL EFFECT:








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          Any costs to UC and CSU would be minor an absorbable.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose. According to a February 2015 report, by the National  
          Center for Biotechnology Information, entitled, "Cyberbullying,  
          depression, and problem alcohol use in female college students:  
          a multisite study," found that cyberbullying and its effects  
          have been studied largely in middle and high school students,  
          but less is known about cyberbullying in college students.  The  
          study performed a cross-sectional study investigating the  
          relationship between involvement in cyberbullying and depression  
          or problem alcohol use among college females.  The study found  
          that college-age females are just as likely to suffer the  
          negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents.


          According to the author, cyberbullying has been linked to  
          suicide, alcoholism, and depression in college students.  The  
          author states, "Students are already undergoing a tremendous  
          transition as they have just entered into adulthood, and many  
          are away from home for the first time."  The author argues that  
          college-aged students should receive training on cyberbullying  
          while they attend a UC or CSU.


          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081















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