‘Mandatory Reporting’ Hinders Fight Against Sexual Assault, Critics Say

February 19, 2015

By Allie Bidwell at U.S. News

Representatives of nearly 20 student affairs and advocacy groups nationwide are urging state lawmakers to reject pending legislation they say would limit students' rights and make it harder for colleges to deal with cases of sexual assault.

In an open letter released Thursday, the 19 organizations said "mandatory reporting" bills that force colleges to report incidents of sexual assault to law enforcement would create a conflict for colleges trying to comply with both state and federal law. Other legislation being considered would give students accused of committing sexual assault certain due process rights not available even to victims, such as access to an attorney who can fully participate in campus disciplinary hearings on his or her behalf, the groups said in the letter...