Legislators Should Reject Governor’s Campus Sex Bill

By June 15, 2015

By Joe Cohn at Transunion.com

As the legislative session comes to a close, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making an eleventh-hour push to gain support for a well-intentioned but poorly conceived campus sexual assault bill.

The bill, A05400, would require colleges and universities to employ an “affirmative consent” standard in campus sexual assault hearings. Under such a standard — also called (oversimplistically) a “yes means yes” standard — fact-finders presume a lack of consent, relying on the  accused to prove that consent was in fact given affirmatively, consciously, and voluntarily...