Bill aims to crack down on community college sexual assault



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has approved legislation that would allow community colleges to expel students for sexually assaulting classmates off campus.

Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Carpinteria says some community colleges do not believe they can penalize students for off-campus sexual assaults. His bill would also require transfer students to disclose if they were suspended for rape or sexual battery at other schools.

Local community college governing boards would hold hearings to decide whether to admit those students.

Republican Assemblyman Donald Wagner of Irvine said community colleges administrators aren't trained to judge sexual assault allegations.

AB969 advanced Monday on a 49-to-11 vote.

The bill heads to the Senate, which unanimously approved a similar bill last month.

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