NJ lawmakers introduce college anti-bullying law

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg has introduced legislation to require colleges to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment.The Tyler Clementi Higher Education

TRENTON - U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg has introduced legislation to require colleges to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment.

The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act is named for the 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide in September after his gay sexual encounter in his dorm room was broadcast online.

The measure introduced yesterday by the Democrat would require colleges that get federal money to adopt policies that prohibit harassment based on a student's sexual orientation, race, gender and other factors.

It also would provide funding for schools to establish or expand programs to prevent harassment of students.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt has introduced identical legislation in the House of Representatives.

Advocates for the measure say it will make sure strong measures are enforced at schools nationwide and will heighten awareness about the growing threat of cyber bullying.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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