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Calif. Community Colleges Could Require Sexual Assault Disclosures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ― The California Senate has approved legislation requiring community college applicants to disclose if they’ve been previously expelled for sexual assault.

Transfer students would also need to share if they were expelled for rape or sexual battery at other schools or are currently undergoing an expulsion review.

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

The Senate approved AB969 by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Carpinteria Thursday on a 35-0 vote, sending it to the governor.

The bill was amended so it no longer requires students to disclose if they were suspended for sexual assault at another school.

Democratic Senator Hannah Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says it’s important that the bill applies to school disciplinary action and not criminal action.

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