PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 4, 2015

Governor Signs Jackson Bill To Allow Community Colleges To Discipline Students for Off-Campus Sexual Assault

SACRAMENTO –A bill by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to allow community colleges to discipline students for sexual assault violations even if they occur off-campus was signed into law today by Governor Jerry Brown.

Senate Bill 186 will allow community college districts to extend their jurisdictions beyond their campus borders and use their existing disciplinary process to discipline, expel or suspend students for off-campus sexual assault and sexual exploitation. UC and CSU campuses already have such extended jurisdictions in place. But until now, community colleges have had little recourse when inappropriate student behavior occurs outside campus boundaries.

“I’ve always thought that if community colleges can already discipline or expel students for plagiarism, they should also be able to discipline or expel students for behavior as serious as sexual assault. Clearly, the Governor agreed as well. I have heard from community college leaders that this is a tool they feel they need to keep their students and communities safe. This is particularly important in a place such as Isla Vista, in my district, where we have UC students and community colleges students living next to each other, but being held to different standards, “ said Jackson. “This will level the playing field for all students, regardless of where they are enrolled, send a clear message about sexual assault and help ensure that victims feel safe enough to stay in school.”

This law is meant to complement but not supersede the criminal justice process. In addition to defining sexual assault, the law defines sexual exploitation as prostituting another person as well as recording, photographing and distributing naked and sexual images without a person’s consent.

Jackson is the joint author this year with Senate leader Kevin de León of Senate Bill 695, to require that high school health courses include instruction on affirmative consent, sexual harassment, assault, violence, and the importance of developing positive, healthy relationships. Last year, Jackson was the joint author of Senate Bill 967, also with Senate leader Kevin de León. Known nationally as the ‘yes means yes’ bill, SB 967 made California the first state in the nation to define affirmative consent and required institutes of higher education to educate students about consent and sexual assault and give them access to counseling and health service resources when assaults occur.

SB 186 takes effect on January 1, 2016.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.


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