According to MIC, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has moved to push a law called the “Safe Transfer Act” that would make having been accused of rape during your time in college appear on your transcripts. Speier believes this will help to put a stop campus sexual assault.
“Universities and colleges are perfectly willing to include academic infractions like plagiarism on students’ records, yet students who have committed sexual assault can walk away from campus with a clean academic bill of health,” Speier said in a statement, BuzzFeed reported.
She said the discrepancy reveals that schools take plagiarism more seriously than they do sexual assault, a veritable epidemic on college campuses across the country.
“My bill will ensure that students who try to transfer schools to avoid the consequences of their violent acts will, at a minimum, face the same consequences as students who transfer because they’ve cheated on an exam,” Speier said.
However, laws like this — which have already been passed in states like New York and Virginia — have been known to punish both guilty and innocent alike. As Ashe Schow noted in her article at the Washington Examiner, the accused — usually men — are guilty until proven innocent.
And the narrative being pushed by activists has been one of black and white, good and evil. According to them, accusers, mostly women, always tell the absolute truth, and the accused, almost universally men, are awful even if proven innocent. That double-standard has led to policies that treat accused students as guilty-until-proven-innocent. These policies also have to carve out special provisions that ensure accusers are innocent of sexual assault even when both parties would have a reasonable claim.
With the passage of this law, that guilty verdict sans-verdict will follow a student around, even if he’s proven innocent.