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Following the onslaught of institutional, political, and social media hype about college sexual assault and the litany of lawsuits filed against colleges by both accusers and the accused, state and federal lawmakers have jumped into the “rape culture” quagmire and authored laws on both sides of the issue. From California’s “Affirmed Consent” law and the feds proposed “Campus Accountability and Safety Act” (CASA) to North Carolina’s law that protects an accused student’s right to counsel and North Dakota’s bill to allow students faced with disciplinary hearings the right to counsel, legislative lines are being drawn.
FACE advocates for the protection of constitutional rights of due process and the right to counsel, carefully considering all pertinent state and federal legislation. Following are current state and federal proposals and enacted laws with commentary and opinions from legal experts and student rights advocates. For the most up-to-date information regarding legislation, please be sure to check the news and commentary on our Home page.
Sherry Warner-Seefeld, one of FACE’s founders and its president testified before the state legislature in support of North Dakota’s SB 2150 which includes the guarantee of a student’s right to legal counsel able to fully participate in disciplinary hearings in the event they are accused of serious misconduct.
FACE urges you to write letters to your state and federal legislators and provides letter templates you can use on the Write Letters page of this website.
Proposed Federal Legislation and Guidelines
The following is not proposed legislation but is a federal guidance document from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault - January 2015