U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg has introduced legislation requiring colleges to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment. He says, “The tragic impact of bullying on college campuses has damaged too many young adults, and it is time for our colleges to put policies on the books that would protect students from harassment.
“While there is no way to eliminate the cruelty that some students choose to inflict on their peers, there should be a clear code of conduct that prohibits harassment. It is vitally important that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe and secure environment.”
The legislation is named in honor of Tyler Clementi (pictured), an 18 year-old freshman at Rutgers University who took his life in September after his roommate and another student harassed him and violated his privacy over the Internet.