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David Goldman / Associated Press

Legal advocates say the University System of Georgia's new sexual misconduct policy is not up to federal standards.

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The Board of Regents voted to approve an update to the policy yesterday. Lisa Anderson, with Atlanta Women for Equality, said she wishes she could have reviewed the final language.

"There is absolutely no doubt that this policy is illegal," Anderson said.

University System of Georgia's Board of Regents Executive and Compensation Committee goes into executive session to interview Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens for the presidency of Kennesaw State University.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia could vote on a new sexual misconduct policy for colleges and universities next month.

Some activists say a draft of the plan is well intentioned. However, they’re concerned about some changes to the existing policy.

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Martha Dalton

A bill that would require Georgia colleges to report sexual assaults to police is advancing in the Senate. That mandate is controversial.

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Currently, victims can report assaults to law enforcement, but they aren't required to. A federal law, called Title IX, also lets them file a complaint on campus that’s handled by the school. Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, is the bill’s sponsor. He said colleges aren’t equipped to manage such serious cases.

Ric Feld / Associated Press

A bill that would require college victims of sexual assault to report the incidents to police cleared a key house panel Thursday. House Bill 51 was unanimously approved by the higher education appropriations subcommittee. 

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The bill applies to all crimes committed on college campuses. 

Alison Guillory / WABE

A controversial bill addressing sexual assault on college campuses cleared a key state House committee Wednesday. The Higher Education Appropriations Committee unanimously approved House Bill 51, which would require college officials to report sexual assaults and other crimes to law enforcement. Under the legislation, schools would not be allowed to conduct their own investigations.

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