Bill May Allow Local Police to Investigate Campus Sex Crimes
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Bill May Allow Local Police to Investigate Campus Sex Crimes

 
Recent years have seen a heated national debate on the best way to deal with sex crimes committed on college campuses. An Illinois bill introduced by state Rep. David Harris is one of the many legislative efforts across the country to address the growing concern.
 
The bill, titled “Investigations of Sexual Assault in Higher Education Act,” comes in the wake of reports that Northern Illinois University campus police botched the investigation surrounding a sexual assault case. In October of 2011, a female student accused a police officer of sexual assault. A judge found the department mishandled evidence and purposely withheld witness statements.
 
Harris’s bill seeks to place authority over sex crime investigations in the hands of local police instead of campus officers.…