Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sexual Consent At U.S. Colleges Moving From "No Means No" To "Yes Means Yes"

How 'yes means yes' works on other campuses — and how it aims to change norms. "Consent can be highly ambiguous in a sexual encounter, and, as colleges consider cases of sexual assault, it has often proved difficult for them to determine what constitutes consent....Strict requirements, like Grinnell’s, that stipulate students must gain affirmative consent in sexual interactions are not the rule in higher education, although several other campuses have adopted such policies. They are designed to try to clear up the ambiguity surrounding consent and to change the norm when it comes to sex, moving it from an emphasis on no means no to yes means yes." Robin Wilson in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Fewer than one-third of students found guilty are expelled. Many colleges don't release info at all. That could soon change. "Information provided by the nearly three dozen schools that did provide data on sexual violence cases showed fewer than a third of students found guilty of sexual assault are expelled. Ten institutions, however, declined to provide any information, four did not respond to multiple requests and several others provided incomplete information. Several cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act as preventing them from disclosing such information. However, FERPA does not block an institution from providing these numbers....Legislation, known as the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, introduced on July 30 by a bipartisan group of senators would require colleges and universities to disclose the number of sexual assaults adjudicated and their outcomes." Tyler Kingkade in The Huffington Post.

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