The State of California made a significant statement today by passing a bill requiring colleges and universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language into their consensual sex definitions. The bill will still require Governor Jerry Brown's signature to become a law in September, but there is little chance he will veto this important piece of legislation.
Opponents of the bill raise the point that it forces institutions of higher education into uncharted legal waters and that the snowball effect could have dire consequences.
It is worth noting that if colleges and universities had been proactive in protecting their students before this issue came under national scrutiny they wouldn't now face a legal mandate to update and or change their student conduct policies.
Either way, it will be interesting to see what other States do now that California has taken this significant step. Will federal legislation follow? How will colleges and universities react?
The important thing is that students can know their well-being is more valued now than it has been in the past.
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