SACRAMENTO (AP) —
California may permit community colleges to suspend or expel students for sexual assaults that happen off campus.
The state Assembly on Monday passed SB186, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. It advanced out of the Legislature with no lawmakers opposed.
The bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson extends the disciplinary powers of community colleges to apply to sexual assaults that don’t involve other students or happen off campus grounds.
The Santa Barbara Democrat says her bill would make California campuses safer.
The University of California and California State University systems say their policies already permit punishing students for off-campus sexual assaults.
The Legislature is considering several other bills increasing consequences for campus sexual assault.