SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Petitions are circulating against a Georgia bill that lawmakers are proposing will change the way sexual assaults on college campuses are reported.
House Bill 51 requires any official or employee of a post-secondary institution with information that a felony occurred on campus to report the incident to law enforcement. The law would apply to Georgia's public colleges and universities as well as a number of private institutions. Once the incident is reported, law enforcement would then determine whether to investigate and prosecute the alleged criminal offense, thus taking the investigation out of the school's hands.
The bill further states that no disciplinary action should be taken against any student unless they are found guilty or admit to the crime.
The bill is currently under review of the House Appropriations Committee. We will continue to follow it during this session of the Georgia General Assembly.
A link to the petition may be found here: bit.ly/2mbM5X6