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And after recent changes in the Violence Against Women Act that require colleges to explicitly report their prevention efforts, many colleges will be unveiling new policies and programs this fall where they never existed before.
The so-called “affirmative consent” standard that California’s legislature has introduced in the latest bill is not a new concept.
Kevin de Leon, a Democrat, and the system’s president, Janet Napolitano, has endorsed it.
Educators from the University of California collaborated on the bill with its author, State Sen.
Harvard’s Title IX Officer, Mia Karvonides, said the school rejected such a policy because there is no “standard definition of affirmative consent,” according to the student newspaper .
There is some disagreement in higher education about whether the affirmative consent standard is the best practice.
Though many colleges have adopted it, Harvard recently rewrote its sexual assault policy without adopting an affirmative consent standard, to the dismay of women’s advocates.
California’s bill comes after more than a year of pressure from the federal government, Congress, and student activists for higher education institutions to do more to prevent the widespread sexual assault occurring on the nation’s campuses.Colleges and universities have been changing their policies for months in response to federal pressure.