California Bill on Sex Assault Punishments Vetoed

October 12, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed legislation that would have required colleges and universities in the state to have minimum punishments for those found by the institutions to have engaged in rape or forcible sex acts. In those cases, suspension for two years would have been required. Proponents of the law pointed to cases where students found responsible for such acts received far lighter punishments.

In his veto message, Governor Brown said he agreed that such students should be punished, but he questioned whether the state should set standards in this area. "It is eminently reasonable to expect that discipline shall not vary based on a student's status as an athlete or a declared area of study," Brown said. "The bill, however, could deprive professionals from using their better judgment to discipline according to relevant circumstances."

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