Colleges pushed to note sexual misconduct on transcripts
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Colleges that expel students whom they suspect of sexual assault are being asked to specify the reason for expulsion on their transcripts, but opponents say that would be unfair.
Two states require their schools of higher learning to make such notations and a California congresswoman introduced a measure Thursday that would require them nationwide while allowing them to eventually be expunged.
Supporters say they're critical to ensuring a sex offender doesn't end up on other campuses without the new schools knowing of the potential risk.
Opponents point out that such students are often never criminally charged and that the bar for schools to find someone culpable is lower than the criminal justice system's standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.