University Under Fire For Policy That Says Disabled Students Cannot Consent To Sex

July 16, 2015

By Meghan Keenan at Red Alert Politics

A public college that is part of the University System of Georgia has attracted media attention for its policy that says physically disabled students are unable to consent to having sex.

A sexual misconduct policy currently in effect at Armstrong State University says, “…persons under the age of 16 and persons who have a physical and/or mental impairment are unable to give consent.”

This section of the policy seemingly refers to students who are physically or mentally disabled, as opposed to students who are impaired by alcohol, because intoxication is addressed in a separate clause right above it.

“Individuals who consent to sex must be able to fully understand what they are doing,” the previous clause of the policy reads. “For example, alcohol or other drugs may impair a person’s ability to give valid consent if the person cannot comprehend the who, what, where, when, why, or how of a sexual interaction...

Schools: Armstrong State University