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Title 59 - Education


Jessica Horton Act

SECTION 59-154-10. Cooperation between campus police and State Law Enforcement Division in campus death and criminal sexual assault cases.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Institution of higher learning" or " institution" means a public two-year or four-year college, community or junior college, technical school, or university located in this State, and also any private two-year or four-year college, community or junior college, technical school, or university located in this State.

(2) "Property of the institution" means a building or property:

(a) owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes;

(b) owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the institution including, but not limited to, fraternity, sorority, and cooperative houses; or

(c) controlled by the institution but owned by a third party.

(B) The chief of the campus police of an institution of higher learning, or his designee, immediately shall notify the State Law Enforcement Division if there is a death resulting from an incident occurring on the property of the institution or if the officer or another official of the institution is in receipt of a report alleging that an act of criminal sexual conduct has occurred on the property of the institution.

(C) Upon notification, the State Law Enforcement Division shall participate in a joint investigation of the death or alleged act of criminal sexual conduct. In the case of a death, the State Law Enforcement Division shall lead the investigation. In the case of an alleged act of criminal sexual conduct, the campus police shall lead the investigation.

(D) The campus police and other employees of the institution of higher learning shall cooperate with an investigation conducted by the State Law Enforcement Division.

HISTORY: 2007 Act No. 53, Section 2, eff June 6, 2007.

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