HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut lawmakers have decided to require public and private colleges and universities to adopt clear policies regarding student consent to sexual activity.
The Senate voted 35-1 on Wednesday in favor of legislation requiring affirmed consent to be the standard in determining whether someone has agreed to sexual activity. Affirmed consent is described as an “active, clear and voluntary agreement by a person,” or “yes, means yes,” according to the bill’s proponents.
The bill already has cleared the House of Representatives and now moves to the governor.
Democratic Sen. Mae Flexer says the standard would be used in campus sexual assault investigations, disciplinary cases and in training of students about the issue of sexual assault.
Republican Sen. Joe Markley, the bill’s sole opponent, says these cases will still be “he said, she said.”
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