The House Committee on Higher Education

84th Legislature

March 8, 2016

9:00 a.m.



Pursuant to a notice posted on February 4, 2016, the House Committee on Higher Education met in a public hearing and was called to order by the chair, Representative Zerwas, at 9:05 a.m.


The initial quorum call was answered as follows: Representatives Zerwas; Howard; Alonzo; Clardy; Martinez, "Mando"; and Raney.


A quorum was present.





Study current policies and initiatives at institutions of higher education, including community colleges, and make recommendations toward the prevention and elimination of sexual assault on college campuses. Identify, evaluate, and recommend reporting mechanisms to ensure that students have safe, appropriate, and accessible avenues for reporting sexual assault. Study the existing campus support systems in place for students who are victims of assault, and provide recommendations of best practices. Evaluate the effectiveness of current policies and make recommendations to support the prevention and elimination of sexual assault at institutions of higher education in Texas.


(Representative Crownover now present.)


(Representative Morrison now present.)


Testimony taken/registration recorded.  (See attached witness list.)


At 12:23 p.m., on the motion of Representative Howard and without objection, the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair.




Rep. Zerwas, Chair




Cameron Cocke, Clerk