Ms Meloy told the Associated Press news agency many colleges wanted to work with local authorities, but law enforcement is hesitant to do so given the difficulties of prosecuting rape and sexual assault cases.
One of the survivors of assault who spoke, Wagatwe Wanjuki, said her university refused to help her after multiple sexual assaults in an abusive relationship and then expelled her when she began campaigning for better sexual assault policies.
"Tufts’ refusal to support me has left significant marks in the years since," said Ms Wanjuki, who said she will be graduating from university in August, six years after she originally planned to do so because of the expulsion.
The bill’s way forward is unclear this year as the US Congress goes on a month-long recess at the end of the week, but the bill’s bipartisan push is rare.
Among the sponsors are Democrats Senators Claire McCaskill, Richard Blumenthal, Ms Gillibrand, and Mark Warner, as well as Republican Senators Dean Heller, Chuck Grassley, Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio.