Community college students can be expelled for off-campus crimes under new proposal

Feb 9, 2015

Central Coast State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced a bill in Sacramento Monday aimed at cracking down on off-campus sexual assaults for community college students.

The UC and CSU systems already have the ability to address off-campus crimes and Sen. Jackson says those policies should extend to the state's community college campuses.

Under SB 186, students could be disciplined or even expelled for off-campus behaviors such as sexual assault, physical abuse, stalking and hazing, among others.

“I have heard from community college leaders that this is a tool they would like to have in place so they can keep their students and communities safe," said Jackson. "This is particularly important in a place such as Isla Vista, where we have UC students and community colleges students living next to each other, but being held to different standards.“

Jackson believes her bill will level the playing field for all students, regardless of where they are enrolled.