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When a State Decides That ‘Yes Means Yes,’ What Does That Mean for Colleges?

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York this month signed into law a new policy that requires affirmative consent to combat sexual violence on college campuses across the state. New York is among several states that are considering or have enacted such “yes means yes” policies.
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Nearly a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a law requiring the state’s colleges and universities to adopt an "affirmative consent" standard defining that "only yes means yes" — that students engaging in sexual activity must signal...

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