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It’s not rape anymore to have sex with disabled students at Armstrong State in Georgia

Update on this post from yesterday: Armstrong State University in Georgia botched its student sexual-misconduct policy in a section that seemed to say physically disabled students could not consent to sex, an official tells The College Fix.

The school, part of the University System of Georgia, “inadvertently omitted” some language in the policy when it formatted the text before posting it online, Director of Marketing and Communications Allison Hersh wrote in an email.

“It was never our intention to imply that physically disabled individuals are unable to provide consent,” she said.

The original, pre-botched sentence, now incorporated into the revised policy, reads: “In addition, persons under the age of 16 and persons who have a physical or mental impairment and are unable to communicate are unable to give consent.”

 

 

The university is actually on the cusp of revising the policy. Hersh told The Fix that a committee composed of faculty, staff and students will meet late this month to talk about revisions.

Their draft will then be shared with “various campus constituent groups” and a faculty senate subcommittee for their feedback. The Academic Appeals Committee will review those proposals in August, followed by review and approval by student government bodies, “key” administrators and the Office of Student Integrity, Hersh said.

The policy must get final approval from the President’s Cabinet, she said.

Read the fixed policy.

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” He co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon at Seattle Pacific University.

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