College revises sexual misconduct policy

August 24, 2007

Gettysburg College’s sexual misconduct policy, which was criticized by a group called FIRE last year, has been revised.

FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, is a nonpartisan organization that monitors educational institutions and civil rights, said organization President Greg Lukianoff.

He said the group took issue with vague wording in the college’s previous sexual misconduct policy drawing no distinction between a hug and sex crimes.

“When colleges pass codes so broad, every student can be found guilty of violating it on a regular basis,” Lukianoff said. “It leaves it up to the discretion of the school to enforce the policy as they chose.”

The group also disputed Gettysburg’s former definition of sexual consent, which includes “continuing and active consent” throughout.

Julie Ramsey, Gettysburg’s vice president for student life, said a policy committee of students, faculty and administration gathers each year to review the college polices. They reviewed the sexual misconduct policy last year, and re-wrote it. Changes include more specific language along the lines FIRE called for...

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