KU proposal aims to alert transfer schools about students expelled for sexual assault

Some Kansas University students want to ensure that students expelled for sexual misconduct at one state school can’t enroll at another without the new school knowing about their past.

Wednesday night the KU Student Senate’s Student Rights Committee approved a resolution encouraging the Kansas Board of Regents to adopt a policy on the matter, said KU senior and holdover senator Emma Halling.

Currently, when KU students are expelled for nonacademic misconduct, that’s noted on their transcripts, according to KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson. But the notation does not specify what type of misconduct it was.

The nonacademic misconduct transcript notation is only in the case of expulsions, not suspensions, she said.

The Student Senate resolution suggests two changes.

First, to add nonacademic misconduct to transcripts of students expelled or suspended for it. Second, to prohibit those students from enrolling at another Regents school unless and until the chief student affairs officers at both schools approve the enrollment in writing, presumably communicating about what the discipline was for.

KU’s nonacademic misconduct policy, found in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, bans everything from causing someone serious bodily harm to falsely reporting a bomb.

Sexual violence, in particular, inspired the Student Senate resolution, said Halling, who also serves on KU’s Sexual Assault Task Force.

“If someone has been identified at one school as a potential threat to other students, this would allow potential transfer universities to make educated decisions about admitting students while keeping the safety of their current students, faculty and staff in mind,” Halling said.

Before creating change, the resolution would need to be approved by the full Student Senate and ultimately the Regents.

Halling said the hope is that students at other Regents schools would adopt similar resolutions to encourage the Regents to enact a statewide policy.

Since 2012, KU has expelled eight students and suspended seven for sexual harassment, the category of violations that includes sexual assault.

— Reporter Conrad Swanson contributed to this story.