The bill sponsored by Allegheny County democratic representative Dan Frankel reflects the goals of Wolf’s ‘It’s on Us’ campaign. The campaign’s grant program aims to combat campus sexual assault. Wolf first proposed the idea of an online reporting system in 2017, as part of a six-bill legislative package related to the campaign.
Frankel said an online system makes reporting easier, especially for vulnerable students.
“We need to be able to give universities the information and make sure students feel that they are going to be heard and that they’re going to be taken seriously and that there is some way to get justice in this process,” he said.
The reporting system provision will take effect in one year. According to a staff member in Frankel’s office, the state’s Department of Education is responsible for holding schools accountable for creating and using the systems. The department will also develop a model policy for schools to use.