Tyler Clementi committed suicide in 2010 after his Rutgers University roommate streamed a video of his sexual encounter online.
Clementi’s death put cyberbullying in the national spotlight as celebrities, politicians, parents and other college students called for tougher measures against it.
Currently, the best chance of real change is the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, a bill from last year, Luis Ruuska opines at the Minnesota Daily. Sen. Pat Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., reintroduced the bill last month.
The bill’s previous version had 32 cosponsors, including Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. It would require public higher education institutions to expand or modify their harassment policies.
Most notably, the bill requires a revision of the definition of “harassment” to include student speech “through the use of electronic messaging services, commercial mobile services, electronic communications or other technology.”