Government & Politics

Trent Lott pushing legislation that limits college rape investigations

With the hope of creating a more fair way to handle college rape cases, national fraternity and sorority groups have hired former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to lobby for legislation that would stop schools from investigating some reports of sexual violence.

The Huffington Post reported that the coalition is made up of the National Panhellenic Conference, North American Interfraternity Conference, Kappa Alpha Order, the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Lobbyists, the Post says, are helping these Greek organizations push for the Safe Campus Act, which would restrict colleges from punishing students for sexual assault unless the police are also involved. That is a condition not placed on other illegal activity on campuses such as theft or physical assault.

The proposal has come under fire from advocacy and activist groups that work with rape victims. These groups oppose the limits the Act would place on colleges and universities and say forcing student to report sexual assault would stop many from reporting at all.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc