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                                   THIRD READING 


          Bill No:  AB 2732
          Author:   Chang (R) and Low (D)
          Introduced:2/19/16  
          Vote:     21 

           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:  9-0, 6/8/16
           AYES:  Liu, Block, Hancock, Huff, Leyva, Mendoza, Monning, Pan,  
            Vidak

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE: Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  79-0, 5/5/16 (Consent) - See last page for  
            vote

           SUBJECT:   Public postsecondary education:  mandatory  
                     orientation for students


          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  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 preventative information about cyberbullying to  
          students at all campuses of their respective segments. 

          ANALYSIS:  
          
          Existing law:

          1)Requests the UC Regents, CSU Trustees, and the governing board  
            of each community college district to adopt and publish  
            policies on harassment, intimidation, and bullying to be  








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            included within the rules and regulations governing student  
            behavior within their respective segments of public  
            postsecondary education.  (Education Code § 66302) 

          2)Requires the governing board of each community college  
            district and the CSU Trustees, and request the UC Regents to,  
            in collaboration with campus-based and community-based victim  
            advocacy organizations, provide, as part of established campus  
            orientations, educational and preventative information about  
            sexual violence to students at all campuses of their  
            respective segments; and, specifies that for a campus with an  
            existing on-campus orientation program, this information shall  
            be provided, in addition to the sexual harassment information  
            required to be provided, as specified, during the regular  
            orientation for incoming students.  (EC § 67385.7)

          This bill requires the CSU Trustees and requests the UC Regents,  
          to provide, as part of established campus orientations,  
          educational and preventative information about cyberbullying to  
          students at all campuses of their respective segments.

          Comments
          
          1)Need for the bill.  According to the author, as frequent users  
            of social media and digital technology, college students are  
            vulnerable to cyberbullying.  The author asserts that this new  
            form of harassment has been linked to suicide, alcoholism and  
            depression among college students.  According to a University  
            of Washington study on college age women, cyberbullying and  
            its effects have been studied largely in middle and high  
            school students but attention is needed in the college  
            population.  This bill seeks to ensure the CSU and the UC  
            students are aware of cyberbullying and its prevention. 

          2)Existing efforts to address student conduct.  CSU and UC have  
            policies on student conduct and discipline procedures that,  
            among other things, prohibit harassment, intimidation or  
            terrorizing conduct, on or off campus.  Both CSU and UC  
            indicate that each campus works to ensure that students become  
            familiar with their campus' student conduct policies and are  
            aware of available resources for reporting misconduct. It's  
            unclear whether this information is provided to students at  
            the beginning of the year during orientation.  However, Senate  
            Education Committee staff notes that existing law requires CSU  







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            and requests UC to include sexual harassment information  
            during the regular orientation for incoming students. This  
            bill adds cyberbullying to the list information required at  
            orientation. 

            Given that UC and CSU standards for student conduct address  
            harassment, intimidation and other forms of student behavior,  
            should efforts solely focus on cyberbullying?  Is legislation  
            necessary to define which issues are covered as part of  
            college orientation? 

          3)Efforts to address bullying in K-12 education.  Current law  
            prohibits discrimination in public schools on the basis of  
            disability, gender, gender expression, nationality, race or  
            ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other  
            characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate  
            crimes.  Additionally, the California Department of Education  
            (CDE) is required to monitor whether school districts have  
            adopted a process for receiving and investigating complaints  
            relating to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and  
            bullying.  Existing law authorizes schools to suspend or expel  
            students for acts of bullying, including communications made  
            in writing or by means of an electronic act.  The CDE is  
            further required to develop an online training module on  
            bullying and cyberbullying for school staff, school  
            administrators, parents, students, and community members. 

          4)No definition for cyberbullying.  This bill does not define  
            cyberbullying. Existing law, however, defines bullying by an  
            "electronic act," for K-12 education to mean the creation or  
            transmission of a communication originated on or off the  
            school site, by means of an electronic device including but  
            not limited to a telephone, wireless telephone, or other  
            wireless communication device, computer, or pager.  Although  
            this bill provides no definition for cyberbullying, college  
            campuses may need greater flexibility in providing educational  
            materials to students in order to keep pace with digital  
            technology as it evolves.


          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No









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          SUPPORT:   (Verified  6/28/16)


          American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
          California College and University Police Chiefs Association 
          California State Student Association 


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified  6/28/16)


          None received

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  79-0, 5/5/16
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Arambula, Atkins, Baker,  
            Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke,  
            Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley,  
            Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier,  
            Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson,  
            Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger  
            Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey,  
            Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes,  
            McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte,  
            O'Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Quirk, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez,  
            Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting,  
            Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, Wood, Rendon
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Beth Gaines

          Prepared by:Olgalilia Ramirez / ED. / (916) 651-4105
          6/29/16 15:46:04


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