A controversial Georgia bill could protect those accused of sexual assault on college campuses

(Source: WTVM)
(Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - For the past two sessions of the Georgia legislature, one lawmaker has been pushing a bill that could change the way colleges and universities handle reports of sexual assault on campus.

The bill's sponsor, Representative Earl Ehrhart, said that safeguards were needed to prevent campus disciplinary hearings from tarnishing the reputations of students accused of rapes and assaults.

In the past, the bill has been stalled. It was given a new chance yesterday during the second day of the 2018 session.

Opposers argue the bill would discourage victims from coming forward to report their assault.

Some lawmakers also say the bill would prevent schools from suspending or expelling a student for actions that are under criminal investigation without a hearing.

A Georgia State University law student is organizing other GSU students to defeat the proposal. They plan to watch the bill closely and hope the state will do the same.

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