Minnesota colleges must accept anonymous rape reports

Shadow, Man, Walking
Shadow, Man, Walking

It seems as though universities are under attack by government regulations. A recent law passed in Minnesota forces colleges and universities to accept anonymous “sexual violence” and “sexual harassment” reports through an online database. In addition to forcing the university to accept this new law, students within the institution are required to attend a sexual assault training session or they will be restricted from registering for classes.

Recalling my own experiences within the university, my incoming class was required, too, to attend presentations on sexual assault and campus rape although only four incidents of rape have occurred on campus in the last 5 years. In addition, students like myself were prompted to complete an online reading and to answer questions as a “required assignment” for incoming freshmen.

This new law raises two questions: how reliable are these anonymous online submissions and how necessary is it to make these training sessions a government requirement?

As George Washington University law Professor John Banzhaf states: “The new requirements are a “feel good” solution to a problem that may not even exist.”

Read more about the questions that this law raises at TheCollegeFix

Picture Credits: Warfield

 

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