Private university police bill headed to Indiana governor

A bill that would exempt police departments at the University of Notre Dame and other private colleges from following the same crime reporting requirements as public colleges is headed to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature.

HB 1022, sponsored by state Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, was approved 49-1 Tuesday by the Indiana Senate. It passed the House unanimously in January. Bauer this week filed a concurrence, which signals agreement with a Senate amendment.

The amendment states that a private university police officer will be granted the same protections and immunity for actions taken within the scope of their job as state police officers, and that private educational institutions and their governing bodies also would have the same statutory immunity granted to the state. Continue…