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Yes Means Yes: affirmative consent standard at colleges

De León was the sponsor and co-author (with State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson) of SB 967, requiring colleges in California, in order to receive state funds for student financial assistance, to adopt an "affirmative consent standard" and prohibits various affirmative defenses, including prohibiting specified factors that may negate an accused's mens rea (testing the question of intention in a crime), in college disciplinary proceedings involving allegations of sexual misconduct.

Senator Leon wrote (along with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson) that, although "In a court of law, due process is necessary to protect the accused's liberty," prosecutors too often are unable to gather enough evidence to prosecute offenders. They continue, by stating that their "Yes Means Yes" legislation deals with an administrative adjudication process to ensure that students abide by the code of conduct, and thus is "a fairer process."

Source: Wikipedia on California voting record SB 967 , Feb 18, 2018

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