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Bill would require stronger campus hate-crime reporting

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 14:06:09-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's public colleges would be required to develop stronger policies for reporting hate crimes and bias incidents on campuses, under a measure introduced in the state legislature.

It follows the May death of Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins, an African-American student at Bowie State University who was stabbed at the University of Maryland, College Park. Sean Urbanski, a College Park campus student who's white, is charged with a hate crime in Collins' killing.

The bill introduced Friday would require state universities to designate a coordinator to take reports and make sure they're posted online. Also, the outcome of investigations would have to be made public.

Democratic Delegate Angela Angel of Prince George's County sponsored the legislation after meeting with concerned students.