MIL-OSI USA: Chavez-DeRemer’s Bill to Support Students Facing Discrimination Passes Committee with Bipartisan Support

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce advanced Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer’s (OR-05) Civil Rights Protection Act (H.R. 8648) with bipartisan support. Her proposal would require colleges and universities to inform students of their procedures for filing discrimination reports and provide timely updates on the status of complaints filed. 

Watch Chavez-DeRemer’s committee remarks HERE.

“I’m glad my proposal improving transparency and accountability among our higher education institutions is one step closer to becoming law. The bill would ensure colleges and universities are fulfilling their responsibility to protect students from discrimination, including Jewish students facing antisemitic attacks that have alarmingly escalated on campuses across the country. I’ll keep pushing to get this much-needed legislation across the finish line to help protect students,” Chavez-DeRemer said.

Specifically, the Civil Rights Protection Act:

  • Requires institutions of higher education to inform students of investigative procedures for discrimination complaints;
  • Requires these institutions to designate a coordinator to oversee the investigative process;
  • Ensures students who file a complaint receive timely notification when their report has been received, whether or not an investigation will be opened, an explanation of this decision, and what actions are being taken if an investigation is opened;
  • Requires these institutions to keep and maintain records of discrimination complaints;
  • Ensures students are informed how to submit a complaint to the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education;
  • Revokes federal funding for higher education institutions that fail to meet these requirements; and
  • Requires the Department of Education to report to Congress on the number and status of complaints being investigated.

Full text of the bill is available HERE.

Recently, Chavez-DeRemer voted for the Antisemitism Awareness Act to help ensure antisemitic hate crimes on college campuses are properly investigated. She is also a cosponsor of the Stop Antisemitism on College Campuses Act, which would revoke federal funds for colleges and universities that peddle antisemitism or facilitate events that promote antisemitism in any way.

As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Chavez-DeRemer has been an outspoken advocate for Jewish students by holding universities accountable: