Bill would require college sex-violence policies

May 29, 2014 2:58 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has approved legislation requiring California colleges and universities to adopt sexual assault policies that include a written standard for personal consent.

Lawmakers on Thursday passed SB967 by Democratic Sen. Kevin De Leon of Los Angeles on a 27-9 vote. It requires colleges that receive state student aid to address sexual violence in several ways.

Their policies must include an "affirmative consent" standard, which is defined as "an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision" by both parties to have sex.

Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara recalled the deadly rampage in that city nearly a week ago. The gunman's written manifesto expressed hatred toward women because he felt they had rejected him.

Jackson says too many colleges continue to overlook sexual violence.

SB967 bill moves to the Assembly.

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