Keenan Briefings


AB 381: New Bill Clarifies CCD Requirements for Student Orientation Effective January 1, 2020

August 22, 2019

On July 12, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 381 (Chapter 87, Statutes of 2019), a bill that requires community colleges and other postsecondary institutions to include outreach programming that informs incoming college students about intimate partner and dating violence as part of every incoming student’s orientation.

Prior to the passage of AB 381, the law (Education Code §67386) already required colleges to implement comprehensive prevention and outreach programs addressing sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Outreach programming was already required to be included as part of every incoming student’s orientation.

AB 381 provides that “outreach programming” must include informing students about all of the following:

  • The warning signs of intimate partner and dating violence.
  • Campus policies and resources relating to intimate partner and dating violence.
  • Off-campus resources and centers relating to intimate partner and dating violence.
  • A focus on prevention and bystander intervention training as it relates to intimate partner and dating violence.

AB 381 provides that informing students about “intimate partner and dating violence” must include information about violence that occurs between individuals within a current or previous intimate or dating relationship.

This outreach programming must be provided to all incoming students, including graduate, transfer, and international students, and give special consideration to the different needs, interactions, and engagements with campus of those student groups.

Existing law also requires colleges, to the extent feasible, to enter into agreements or partnerships with existing on-campus and community-based organizations to refer students for assistance or make services available to students, including counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, and legal assistance, including resources for the accused. Current law includes rape crisis centers as one of the types of organizations with which colleges can work to fulfill this requirement.AB 381 adds domestic violence centers as another type of organization with which a college can work. While this law is couched in terms of “to the extent feasible,” compliance is also a condition of receiving state funds for student financial assistance.

AB 381 goes into effect on January 1, 2020, so colleges should take the following steps to ensure they are in compliance:

  1. Review existing student orientation outreach programming and make any changes necessary to address intimate partner and dating violence, as set forth above;
  2. Review existing agreements with organizations providing services to students and consider including an agreement with a domestic violence center as part of the services available.

Please contact your Keenan Account Manager, Claims Analyst or Risk Management Analyst if you would like more information on the regulation described in this Briefing.

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