School Safety Law Toolkit

House Bill 355

The bill prohibits most registered sex offenders from living in dorms on private or public college campuses. The law goes into effect and codifies longstanding policies that many universities already have in place, that prohibit registered sex offenders from living in campus dorms. However, the law does not prohibit sex offenders from living in privately-owned lodgings that are close to campuses.

The law applies to those registered under Subchapter B, Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure. The law prohibits location of residence on the campus of a public or private institution unless the person is assigned a numeric risk level of one based on an assessment conducted using the sex offender screening tool developed or selected under Article 62.007; and the institution approves the person to reside on the institutions campus.

See Subchapter B, Chapter 62 in Code of Criminal Procedure:

Prohibited Offenders