Silverstein Gives Colleges Tool to Fight Campus Sexual Assault
Addressing rampant campus sexual assault takes strong action. So, Sen. Silverstein’s drafted a change to existing law to assist in stemming the growing violence. In Senate Bill 2839, Senator Silverstein amends the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act. The change clarifies that sanctions for a student who violates the institution’s sexual violence policy may include suspension, expulsion, or removal of the student after complaint resolution procedures. Now Campus administrator will have a tool to quickly remove the offending student from the groups and the vicinity of the victim.
“Colleges and universities need to employ greater authority to get sex offenders away from campus,” Senator Silverstein said. “California passed a law like this last year and it makes sense for Illinois.”
“Our campus’ must be a safe place to learn and grow, and we must give every tool to assist in combating Sexual or any assault.”
GED Fees for Homeless Waived
Sen. Silverstein’s Senate Bill 2840 waives fees paid by homeless young people for the four test modules of the GED exams, a cost of $30 each and paid to regional superintendents. Applicants will complete a prep course through an Illinois Community College Board-approved provider and take the exam at a testing center operated by a regional superintendent of schools or the Cook County High School Equivalency Office.
“Not having a fixed address often means young people find it difficult to attend school, but if a young homeless person takes the initiative to advance their education, we need to remove this financial barrier,” Sen. Silverstein said. “I think foregoing the fees of $120 to $130 is a good investment in a homeless teen or his family to further his education and his future.”