Brown extends California colleges' reach in sexual assaults

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation allowing California community colleges to suspend or expel students for off-campus sexual assaults.

SB186 by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara extends the disciplinary powers of community colleges to apply to sexual assaults that don't involve other students and those that happen off campus grounds.

The University of California and California State University systems say their policies already permit punishing students for off-campus sexual assaults.

The Legislature passed the measure unanimously and is considering several other bills that would increase the consequences for sexual assault.

Brown announced signing the measure Tuesday.

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