U of Minnesota Delays 'Affirmative Consent'

July 9, 2015

The University of Minnesota, facing questions from its Board of Regents, has postponed planned adoption of an "affirmative consent" rule for its campuses, The Star-Tribune reported. The rule, similar to state laws in California and New York and many campus policies, requires that both parties in a sexual act consent prior to it taking places. Several regents at a board meeting raised concerns about the policy, saying that they had received emails and calls suggesting that the rule could create legal problems and would result in unfair presumptions of guilt for students accused of sexual assault. University leaders defended the policy, but agreed to delay it so that the board could have more time to discuss the issue.

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